airhole

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

air +‎ hole

Noun[edit]

airhole (plural airholes)

  1. A hole provided for ventilation or breathing
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, Jess[1]:
      "This wall is badly built," he went on in a careless tone; "look, there is another space there at the back;" and he actually came up to it and held the lantern close to the airhole in such fashion that its light shone through into Jess's eyes and nearly blinded her.
    • 1914, Morris Hicky Morgan, Ten Books on Architecture[2]:
      For if they touch one another, and so do not leave airholes and admit draughts of air to blow between them, they get heated and soon begin to rot.
    • 1995 July 14, Albert Williams, “Words First”, Chicago Reader:
      The youngest son, Vardaman, is unable to cope with Addie's death and drills airholes in her coffin (and accidentally into her head) and insistently declares, "My mother is a fish"--like the big one he recently caught and gutted.
  2. A hole in ice through which air escapes
    • 1901, Jack London, The God of His Fathers[3]:
      Through these and through countless airholes, the water began to sweep across the surface of the ice, and by the time he pulled into a woodchopper's cabin on the point of an island, the dogs were being rushed off their feet and were swimming more often than not.
    • 1914, Arthur M. Winfield, The Rover Boys in Alaska[4]:
      "Even if it is hard enough, there may be airholes around."