from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A manhole.
  • noun In coal-mining: A small passageway used by the miners, but not for transportation of the coal.
  • noun The passage used as an airway or chute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A small passageway, as in a mine, that a man may pass through.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A hole or duct by which a human being may access a utility area for maintenance purposes.


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man +‎ way


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  • I’d rather be elsewhere than stay

    In caverns where nightmares can prey.

    It’s foolish, not brave

    To enter a cave

    Unless you’ve been shown a manway.

    July 15, 2018