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blow·hole

 (blō′hōl′)
n.
1. An opening or one of a pair of openings for breathing, located on the top of the head of cetaceans, such as whales and dolphins. The blowhole is opened by muscles upon surfacing and closed by the pressure of water upon diving.
2. A hole in ice to which aquatic mammals, such as dolphins, come to breathe.
3. A vent to permit the escape of air or other gas.

blowhole

(ˈbləʊˌhəʊl)
n
1. (Zoology) the nostril, paired or single, of whales, situated far back on the skull
2. (Zoology) a hole in ice through which whales, seals, etc, breathe
3. (Building)
a. a vent for air or gas, esp to release fumes from a tunnel, passage, etc
b. NZ a hole emitting gas or steam in a volcanic region
4. (Metallurgy) a bubble-like defect in an ingot resulting from gas being trapped during solidification
5. (Geological Science) geology a hole in a cliff top leading to a sea cave through which air is forced by the action of the sea

blow•hole

(ˈbloʊˌhoʊl)

n.
1. either of two nostrils or spiracles, or a single one, at the top of the head in whales and dolphins, through which they breathe.
2. a hole in the ice to which whales or seals come to breathe.
3. a defect in metal caused by the escape of gas.
[1685–95]

blow·hole

(blō′hōl′)
1. A hole or one of a pair of holes used for breathing and located on top of the head of whales, porpoises, and dolphins.
2. A hole in ice to which aquatic mammals come to breathe.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blowhole - the spiracle of a cetacean located far back on the skullblowhole - the spiracle of a cetacean located far back on the skull
cetacean, cetacean mammal, blower - large aquatic carnivorous mammal with fin-like forelimbs no hind limbs, including: whales; dolphins; porpoises; narwhals
spiracle - a breathing orifice
2.blowhole - a hole for the escape of gas or airblowhole - a hole for the escape of gas or air
air duct, air passage, airway - a duct that provides ventilation (as in mines)
hole - an opening deliberately made in or through something
smoke hole - a vent (as in a roof) for smoke to escape
Translations
مَنْفَذُ هَواء
nozdryvětrací/dýchací otvor
åndehul
szelelõlyuk
öndunarop; blástursop
hava deliğinefeslik

blowhole

[ˈbləʊhəʊl] N
1. [of whale] → orificio m nasal
2. (in ice) → brecha f, orificio m (para respirar)

blowhole

[ˈbləʊˌhəʊl] n (Geol) → sfiatatoio

blow2

(bləu) past tense blew (blu) : past participle blown verb
1. (of a current of air) to be moving. The wind blew more strongly.
2. (of eg wind) to cause (something) to move in a given way. The explosion blew off the lid.
3. to be moved by the wind etc. The door must have blown shut.
4. to drive air (upon or into). Please blow into this tube!
5. to make a sound by means of (a musical instrument etc). He blew the horn loudly.
ˈblowhole noun
a breathing-hole (through the ice for seals etc) or a nostril (especially on the head of a whale etc).
ˈblow-lamp, ˈblow-torch noun
a lamp for aiming a very hot flame at a particular spot. The painter burned off the old paint with a blow-lamp.
ˈblowout noun
1. the bursting of a car tyre. That's the second blowout I've had with this car.
2. (on eg an oil rig) a violent escape of gas etc.
ˈblowpipe noun
a tube from which a dart (often poisonous) is blown.
blow one's top
to become very angry. She blew her top when he arrived home late.
blow out
to extinguish or put out (a flame etc) by blowing. The wind blew out the candle; The child blew out the match.
blow over
to pass and become forgotten. The trouble will soon blow over.
blow up
1. to break into pieces, or be broken into pieces, by an explosion. The bridge blew up / was blown up.
2. to fill with air or a gas. He blew up the balloon.
3. to lose one's temper. If he says that again I'll blow up.
References in periodicals archive ?
You can feel the full force of the North Atlantic battering against the cliffs and hear the roar of the ocean waves through the giant blowhole.
Good Abz from Then, no sooner have you managed to drift off to sleep, some dirty great cockerel wakes you back up with a caterwaul that resembles a bugler with his blowhole caught in an industrial press.
Mr Stringell said it doesn't seem the porpoise met a violent end: "It had a wound near its blowhole but it doesn't look like something that would have caused a death.
I hurl old, expired diaper cream tubes at his blowhole.
Desperate rescuers spent two hours talking to her through a blowhole - but could not reach her in time.
In an online incident report, Swanage Coastguard said: "Entry to the cave was either underwater, or though a narrow blowhole at the top of the cave.
To make those human-like sounds, NOC had to vary the pressure in his nasal tract while making other muscular adjustments and inflating the vestibular sac in his blowhole, the researchers found.
For instance, a blowhole, a sand flea, that silly putty smirk you wear in the checkout line while having a nice day.
Created from an Ice Age volcanic blowhole and later turned into a natural fish larder, you can usually view dozens of fish at close quarters.
On the logo design, the dorsal fin is formed inside the letter "B" with transmitter waves "spouting" like jets of water from a whale's blowhole.
By car, the Golden Circle tour makes a fascinating day-long excursion from Reykjavik, taking in Thingvellir, setting for the Viking Parliament, the hot blowhole of Geysir (now dormant) and mighty Gullfoss waterfall.