Definition of porthole in English:

porthole

noun

  • 1A small window on the outside of a ship or aircraft.

    • ‘The style is of a luxury cruiser, with round windows looking like portholes and the gleaming white exterior the hull of a ship.’
    • ‘Derryn looked out the porthole of the ship's cabin: dark, except for the starlight that reflected off of the sea's gentle waves.’
    • ‘Several small structures up top were also tiled and without windows or portholes.’
    • ‘From my porthole window, I gazed in awe at the stunning contrast of the shining snowcapped Chugach Mountains against the blueness of the Gulf of Alaska.’
    • ‘Behind the forward capstan, the wreck becomes an unidentifiable mess but it can be seen that the superstructure had rounded windows rather than portholes.’
    • ‘Crossing the deck and looking over the side, you'll see a line of portholes just below deck level.’
    • ‘She could see the moonlit water outside her porthole and hear the footsteps and orders called on the deck as the ship was preparing to set sail.’
    • ‘A window cut into a hedge is like a porthole in the hull of a ship, a delightful surprise that relieves the cabin's potential for claustrophobia.’
    • ‘During close-up shots, the frame begins to shift, tilting ever so slightly up and down, just like the image one might see out of a porthole on a cruise ship.’
    • ‘Indeed, outside the starboard porthole I saw a large fish, apparently captive, violently trying to disengage itself and in the process tearing some of the skin and flesh of its back.’
    • ‘Sitting on the hill overlooking the marina, you can enjoy your favourite pint surrounded by model ships and old nautical prints, and watch the boats through a porthole window.’
    • ‘I got a fitful two hours of sleep, tried to read and write, and at the first breath of light outside the portholes, went up on deck to watch the sun rise.’
    • ‘The cabin has two portholes with windows made of six-inch thick plexi-glass.’
    • ‘It was tiny, there was only a bed and a porthole to look outside the ship.’
    • ‘The angry water rushed by outside the portholes, surging up on deck.’
    • ‘The wind was fierce as it howled out side of the porthole window.’
    • ‘Only the front half of the restaurant jutted out like the bow of a ship, the rest was of a normal shape, though planked with wood and having portholes instead of windows.’
    • ‘As he stood there, up to his knees in sawdust, and surrounded by portholes and brass ship fittings, we asked about good wreck dives in the area.’
    • ‘Outside cabins will either have a porthole or picture window depending on ship and/or position on ship.’
    • ‘But the biggest clue was that this ship had square portholes in one section, instead of round.’
  • 2historical An opening for firing a cannon through.

    • ‘The material reported ranges from the obligatory porthole to cannon and shot, several pieces of eight and a Charles I gold coin.’
    • ‘From the early 1770s emigration brokers also began to respond to concerns about ventilation by including more and larger portholes in the designs of their newer vessels.’
    • ‘Like the stern accommodation, the ceilings have gone but the walls are partially intact, with circular openings left where portholes have been removed.’
    aperture, opening, outlet, inlet, socket, vent, passage, trap, embrasure, door, gate
    View synonyms

Pronunciation

porthole

/ˈpɔːthəʊl/