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[tuhch-hohl] /ˈtʌtʃˌhoʊl/
the vent in the breech of an early firearm or cannon through which the charge was ignited.
Origin of touchhole
1495-1505; touch + hole Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One of the guns apparently missed fire, and as he was placing fresh powder in the touchhole the stuff went off.

    Captured at Tripoli Percy F. Westerman
  • One of the men inserted a percussion fuse in the touchhole of the mortar.

    Larry Dexter's Great Search Howard R. Garis
  • It always is there with men of Bertie's order, and only comes to light when the match of danger is applied to the touchhole.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
  • Then he laid that match to the touchhole and another rain of iron swept down the street.

    When a Cobbler Ruled a King Augusta Huiell Seaman
  • Carefully, deliberately, Pamela Russell lowered her candle to the cannon's touchhole.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • The first charge was twenty pounds of powder, not more than nineteen of them running out of the touchhole.

  • There rose a little smoke from the touchhole plate, but no shot resounded.

    The Treasure of Pearls Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for touchhole


a hole in the breech of early cannon and firearms through which the charge was ignited
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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