from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dungeon with a trapdoor in the ceiling as its only means of entrance or exit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dungeon with an opening only at the top, found in some old castles and other strongholds, into which persons condemned to perpetual imprisonment, or to perish secretly, were thrust, or lured to fall.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A secret dungeon with an opening only at the top for the admission of air, used for persons condemned to perpetual imprisonment or to perish secretly, such as exist in some old castles or other buildings.
- n. A secret pit, usually in the floor of a dungeon or a dark passage, into which a person could be precipitated and thus be destroyed unawares.
- To imprison in an oubliette.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a dungeon with the only entrance or exit being a trap door in the ceiling
Strenuously jamming their alleged principles into an oubliette is an exercise that apparently causes blindness, as well.
In French this sort of prison is called an oubliette.
"The oubliette is a dirty place, and fuligin doesn't show bloodstains."
From the Stumptown Trade Review's article and podcast, I learned about Kenan Rubenstein's single-sheet "oubliette" comics.
First off, full marks for you for sneaking in the word "oubliette" into the conversation.
The "Sinking Fund Commission," is another "oubliette" into which money raised from the State sinks mysteriously.
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And wait to be discovered, along with the hundreds of others waiting in a kind of publishing oubliette.
This book should be of interest to readers fascinated but perplexed by the current financial crisis, as it is able to navigate the oubliette of Wall Street trading to create searing and intimate drama.
As I said elsewhere, I decorated the oubliette, put little red antlers on the rats and spiked her gruel with grappa.
This oubliette had at its bottom a haggard, young male face and therein a pair of eyes rimmed red and searching.