Definition of glory hole in English:

glory hole

Syllabification: glo·ry hole


  • 1A small furnace used to keep glass malleable so that it can be worked.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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