- a round, windowlike opening with a hinged, watertight glass cover in the side of a vessel for admitting air and light.Compare port4(def 1).
- an opening in a wall, door, etc., as one through which to shoot.
Origin of porthole
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Examples from the Web for porthole
He looked up through the porthole and saw, perfectly framed, the Acropolis.Remembering the Man Who Brought Jaws—and Me—to the Shelves
December 23, 2008
A porthole, with the black heavens and the blazing stars, was before her.
He looked around the fixed cabin and out the porthole at the unmoving stars.Death Wish
He lowered a tender gaze on his banjo and I went on looking through the porthole.Some Reminiscences
He stood there, looking out the porthole, and forgot I was there.The Stoker and the Stars
Algirdas Jonas Budrys (AKA John A. Sentry)
Suddenly I became aware that the porthole was open, and fastened back.The Upper Berth
Francis Marion Crawford
- a small aperture in the side of a vessel to admit light and air, usually fitted with a watertight glass or metal cover, or bothSometimes shortened to: port
- an opening in a wall or parapet through which a gun can be fired; embrasure
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Word Origin and History for porthole
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