• WordNet 3.6
    • n porthole an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through
    • n porthole a window in a ship or airplane
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Porthole (Naut) An embrasure in a ship's side. See 3d Port.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n porthole An aperture in a ship's side, especially one of the apertures through which the guns are protruded and fired.
    • n porthole The opening to the steam-passages into or from a cylinder, or to the exhaust-passage. See port
    • n porthole In zoology, one of the minute apertures or cinclides in the body-wall of a sea-anemone through which the gastric filaments or acontia are protruded.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Porthole pōrt′hōl a hole or opening in a ship's side for light and air, or for pointing a gun through.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Port, a gate, and hole.


In literature:

In hers, Miss Ross sat by the open porthole reading and re-reading the mail that had reached her at Aden.
"Jan and Her Job" by L. Allen Harker
Some frightened faces peered at us out of the upper portholes, where a supply of air still lingered.
"The International Spy" by Allen Upward
There was the curve of the ship's stern in the after wall, portholes, and a divan which followed the half-round.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
Not a man dared show himself at a porthole, through which the rifle bullets were humming like mad hornets.
"Hero Stories from American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell
It was not dark, being lighted by a fixed porthole on either side, not much bigger than an orange.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
Clearly, the block of stone supported by the iron pins formed a porthole, the pins allowing the stone to be swung inward.
"The Blue Ghost Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Jemima Boone, by the direction of her father, was firing through one of the portholes.
"Scouting with Daniel Boone" by Everett T. Tomlinson
He pressed his nose against the porthole and strained his eyes.
"The Sloths of Kruvny" by Vern Fearing
There was a small porthole, but far too small for any possibility for escape through the opening.
"Frontier Boys in the South Seas" by Wyn Roosevelt
The porthole was closed, and the air felt stuffy.
"Loyal to the School" by Angela Brazil

In poetry:

Along the basement porthole sills
He worked for hours and hours
A-building tiers of jardineers
And planting `em with flowers.
"Industrious Carpenter Dan" by Wallace Irwin
This was that fell capsize,
As half she had righted and hoped to rise
Death teeming in by her portholes
Raced down decks, round messes of mortals.
"The Loss Of The Eurydice" by Gerard Manley Hopkins

In news:

Draugelates, Anka and Leonard, Cheryl E Hoar Frost Portholes Great Hoary Marmot Records 2:14 AM.
Morehouse Parish has many portholes into the past, with its historical buildings and tales passed down through time.
More understated, it is decorated like the interior of a classic yacht with hard woods and varnish and portholes.
Tucson News NowPaul Gauguin Cruises Recognized For "Best South Pacific Itineraries" In Porthole Cruise Magazine's Readers' Choice Awards.
AZTV7/Cable 13, Me-TV 7.2, RTV 7.3, Phoenix-Prescott, AZPaul Gauguin Cruises Recognized For "Best South Pacific Itineraries" In Porthole Cruise Magazine's Readers' Choice Awards.
Portland's Porthole restaurant to close indefinitely.
The Porthole restaurant and Comedy Connection will remain closed indefinitely.
Web "Portal" is " Porthole " Misspelled.
Porthole Club opened in 1969.
The roof of the Porthole Club at Northwest 39th and Portland Avenue is charred.
A solitary light pierces the 4 am blackness, beaming from the porthole of a silver Airstream trailer.
Revere High graduates Racquel MacDonald and Drew Lauria received Northeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete Awards at the annual dinner at the Porthole Restaurant in Lynn.
Prohibiting gasoline powered vehicles from Ding Darling refuge and not paving The Dyke is not like trying to push a piano through a porthole.
Web " Portal " is "Porthole" Misspelled.
A black walnut top perched on a thin stainless steel base opens to reveal a compartment for storing jewelry— an unexpected surprise the size of a porthole.