Definition of glory hole in English:

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glory hole

Pronunciation: /ˈɡlôrē hōl/


1A small furnace used to keep glass malleable so that it can be worked.
Example sentences
  • My favourite term is the glory hole, a furnace you stick your punty into between gathers to keep the work sufficiently hot and soft.
  • It is possible to blow glass bigger than the glory hole size, but only if it is spun out to a platter or bowl after the last reheat.
  • There is nothing in the world like standing in front of a glory hole, balancing a pipe loaded with glass and feeling the heat.
2 informal, dated An untidy storage place, especially a room or cupboard.
Example sentences
  • The delicatessen on Union Street is a glory hole of delicious deli fare, while the city's Victorian shopping arcade is one of the very few traditional arcades left in the country.
  • He froze - waist wedged in the hole, his lower half still in Jeeson's glory hole, his top half in the empty cellar beside it.
  • In reality, the glory-hole was what they called the basement-like room directly underneath the organ, where they kept the furnace that heated the church, and where all kinds of stuff was stored.
3US informal A hole in a wall through which fellatio or masturbation is conducted incognito.


Early 19th century: of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: glo·ry hole

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