rathole

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rathole

(ˈrætˌhəʊl)
n
1. a hole made or used by rats
2. censorious a squalid room or hiding place
3. US an apparently bottomless pit
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rathole - a hole (as in the wall of a building) made by rats
hole - an opening into or through something
2.rathole - a small dirty uncomfortable room
room - an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling; "the rooms were very small but they had a nice view"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
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The ions have enough energy to resputter and remove deposited coating material, leaving crater or ratholing on the surface.
The hopper designs also have steep-slope sidewalls; sheer-drop material feed guides, and a flangeless conveyor intake that draws in material and eliminates the bridging, ratholing, and cleaning access problems associated with typical flange-style designs.
Martin Engineering designed an innovative solution to address ratholing and clogging of limestone dust in the main hopper at CRH Roadstone's Waterford facility in Ireland.
Flow stoppages due to arching and ratholing within ingredient feed hoppers and bins are more than just a nuisance, since these problems will directly contribute to the composition of the final blend for a period of time.
When placed in conveyors or bulk containers, such as bulk bags, some powders exhibit characteristics that include bridging, "ratholing," or flushing.