• WordNet 3.6
    • n orifice an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity "the orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The homan mouth contains more bacteria than any other orifice in the body.
    • n Orifice A mouth or aperture, as of a tube, pipe, etc.; an opening; as, the orifice of an artery or vein; the orifice of a wound. "Etna was bored through the top with a monstrous orifice ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n orifice An opening; a mouth or aperture, as of a tube, pipe, or other similar object; a perforation; a vent.
    • n orifice See the adjectives.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Orifice or′i-fis something made like a mouth or opening.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from L. orificium,; os, oris, a mouth + facere, to make. See Oral, and Fact
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. orificiumos, oris, mouth, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

Far overhead, through the great round orifice, darted a tremendous shape, pointed, glittering.
"Pirates of the Gorm" by Nat Schachner
Towards the pyloric orifice, less disease.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
This key he inserted in a tiny orifice in the ball atop his head.
"The Mind Master" by Arthur J. Burks
No man appeared at the orifice, I say; the gate might have been unguarded for any sentinel I could espy.
"The House Under the Sea" by Sir Max Pemberton
Her nose was well shaped, but the nostrils were slightly flattened, and the orifices were rather more elongated than I had ever seen before.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
There was an expanse of volcanic terrain and a round orifice of tremendous size, where the sunlight cast black shadows.
"The Finding of Haldgren" by Charles Willard Diffin
The plug which fits in and closes the orifice of the filling tube in the cell cover.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
Quickly they removed a metal disk fastened to his arm, exposing a small orifice like an unhealed wound.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
There was a soft light in the cave, streaming out from an inner chamber, access to which was through a narrow orifice in the rock.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
Yet in the strawberry of her throat, the orifice was wide, the larynx properly abnormal.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus

In poetry:

The flowering all inward and womb-fibrilled;
And but one orifice.
"Figs" by D H Lawrence
Disgusted, mother put me
on the potty. She was good at this.
My father was fat on scotch.
It leaked from every orifice.
"Cripples And Other Stories" by Anne Sexton

In news:

The orifice in standard accumulators is larger than those in heat pump accumulators .
Cult of the Dead Cow's (cDc's) BOPEEP plugin lets Back Orifice 2000 (BO2K) hijack the remote video display, as Screen A shows, and the console and keyboard.
As common as flow measurements are using orifice plates, there are various thoughts regarding design, application, rules of thumb, and field practice.
Honing in on Low Cost, High Accuracy and Short Cycle Times in the Manufacture of Orifice Meter Tubes.
New Test Method for Determining Airtightness of Large and Multi-zone Buildings Using an Orifice Blower Door.
Upstream and downstream piping requirements for flow conditioning are similar to those for orifices .
Diameter, single orifice restrictor uses the same technology as larger sizes.
The 156 Lee Jet single orifice restrictor has 0.156 in.
In one study, I watched an engineer install orifices throughout a nitrogen supply network to identify where use could be cut.
The product tapers down from the orifice to form a sharp ridge at the tip.
This app will require the end user to enter a variety of inputs, such as orifice size on the spray tips, spray pressure, speed of the tractor, chemical quantity and tank size.
They say they don't know why she bleeds from every orifice, from her hands and feet, but she does and they took her to the hospital.
A statue of the Virgin Mary bleeds profusely from an unusual orifice.
Therefore, when measuring the output of an orifice plate meter, a venturi meter, or pitot tube, square root extraction is necessary to linearize the output for use in the control system.
It means she produces well over a gallon at the beginning of the season, but, it takes quite a while to milk her because the size of the orifice prohibits a big flow of milk .

In science:

We now describe our experimental apparatus as shown in Fig 3. A supersonic beam of Neon is created using an Even-Lavie supersonic valve 31. We demonstrate the operation of our decelerator using metastable neon atoms excited by a dielectric barrier discharge32mounted near the orifice of the valve.
A Moving Magnetic Trap Decelerator: a New Source for Cold Atoms and Molecules