A peephole is a small opening through which one may look.
In a door, usually for an apartment, a peephole allows people inside the security of seeing outside without opening the door. Glass peepholes are often fitted with a fisheye lens to allow a wider field of view from the inside and little to no visibility from the outside.
- Peephole Is One Way Viewer Popular Science, July 1950, pg 153, right-side
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