from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A place, such as a cupboard, for storing odds and ends.
  • noun The opening of a furnace used in glassblowing.
  • noun A vertical mine shaft or pit used for mining ore.
  • noun Vulgar Slang A hole in a wall, especially in a bathroom stall or a booth, used for engaging in anonymous sexual activity.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small furnace for reheating glass.
  • noun Nautical, the lazaret or lazaretto, a low space below the main-deck in the after part of a vessel where provisions and spare gear are stowed.
  • noun An opening through which the interior of a furnace can be seen and reached.
  • noun A place for hiding away things prized; also, a cupboard for domestic utensils, as brooms, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun mining originally, a hole in a mineshaft where an orebody is mined upwards until it breaks through the surface into the open air.
  • noun slang, sexual a hole in a screen or wall big enough to allow an erect penis to be stuck through, made to facilitate anonymous sex with another person.
  • noun slang a military trench.
  • noun glassblowing A hole in the side of a furnace used to heat glass held on a metal rod
  • noun slang, Scotland a deep built-in cupboard under the eaves or stairs of a house used for general storage, particularly of unrelated or unwanted items stored in some disorder
  • noun slang, naval in merchant and Royal Navy:
  • noun An excavation into the sea floor designed to protect the wellhead equipment installed at the surface of a petroleum well from icebergs or pack ice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a small locker at the stern of a boat or between decks of a ship


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Originally, untidy storage place, lazaret : glory, of unknown meaning (perhaps akin to Scots glaury, muddy, from glaur, mud but later influenced by glory, honor, halo, perhaps in reference to the glow of a glassblowing furnace) + hole.]


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  • A hole in the side of a glass furnace that is used to reheat glass being fashioned or decorated; or a separate appliance for reheating glass.

    November 9, 2007

  • And something else, as well.

    May 20, 2008

  • May 20, 2008

  • Yes, yes, yes. I knew that would make an appearance at some point. *sigh*

    May 20, 2008

  • No peeking.

    May 20, 2008

  • We now know the maximum time it takes for a comment to be made before we go straight to dirtiness. We can't even blame WordNet on this one, like we can for scarf.

    May 22, 2008

  • Also the name of a Juneau, Alaska, social-service organization (homeless shelter? Soup kitchen? I forget). Tourists like posing for pictures in front of its sign. In fact, it's named for a vast mining pit carved out of a mountain near town.

    May 22, 2008

  • Incorporated into the logo for the Corning Museum of Glass (which, by the way, is a glorious museum).

    May 5, 2011