n.1.(Naut.) One of two small holes astern, above the gunroom ports, through which hawsers may be passed.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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In addition to these openings there was, in the lower right-hand corner of the room, the "cat-hole," --a contrivance which almost every mansion or cabin in Virginia possessed during the ante-bellum period.
Cadole, North Wales Derived from the words cat and hole, this town could be named after the cat-hole, a device used to lift men or buckets through the shafts in the lead mine.
One might be "Manual Excavation in Varied Soils." I've dug fighting holes, "ranger graves," cat-holes, slit trenches and supply caches in just about every kinda dirt, mud, permafrost, rocks, sand and loam imaginable.