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Meaning of hole by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English, from Old English hol 'orifice, hollow place', from Proto-Germanic *hulan ( compare Middle Dutch hool, German Höhle, Old Norse holr ), noun form of Proto-Germanic *hulaz 'hollow'. More at hollow .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /həʊl/, X-SAMPA: /h@Ul/
    • ( US ) enPR: hōl, IPA: /hoʊl/, X-SAMPA: /hoUl/
    • Rhymes: -əʊl
    • Homophone: whole ( depends on accent )


    hole ( plural: holes )

    1. A hollow spot in a surface .
      Get some popcorn out of that popcorn bucket hole .
    2. An opening in a solid .
      There’s a hole in my bucket .
    3. ( golf ) A subsurface standard-size hole, also called cup, hitting the ball into which is the object of play. Each hole, of which there are usually eighteen as the standard on a full course, is located on a prepared surface, called the green, of a particular type grass .
    4. ( golf ) The part of a game in which a player attempts to hit the ball into one of the holes .
      I played 18 holes yesterday. The second hole today cost me three strokes over par .
    5. ( archaeology, slang ) An excavation pit or trench .
    6. ( figuratively ) A weakness, a flaw
      I have found a hole in your argument .
    7. ( informal ) A container or receptacle .
      car hole; brain hole
    8. ( physics ) In semiconductors, a lack of an electron in an occupied band behaving like a positively charged particle .
    9. ( computing ) A security vulnerability in software which can be taken advantage of by an exploit .
    10. ( slang anatomy ) An orifice, in particular the anus .
    11. ( informal ) A high-security prison cell, often used as punishment .
    12. ( slang ) An undesirable place to live or visit; a hovel
      His apartment is a hole!
    13. ( baseball ) The rear portion of the defensive team between the shortstop and the third baseman .
      The shortstop ranged deep into the hole to make the stop .


    • See also Wikisaurus:hole


    hole ( third-person singular simple present holes present participle holing, simple past and past participle holed )

    1. ( transitive ) To make holes in ( an object or surface ) .
      Shrapnel holed the ship's hull .
    2. ( transitive, by extension ) To destroy .
      She completely holed the argument .
    3. To go or get into a hole .
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    Derived terms


    • OHLE

Explanation of hole by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make holes in

    2. hit the ball into the hole

    1. an opening deliberately made in or through something

    2. one playing period ( from tee to green ) on a golf course

    3. he played 18 holes
    4. informal terms for the mouth

    5. an opening into or through something

    6. a depression hollowed out of solid matter

    7. an unoccupied space

    8. informal terms for a difficult situation

    9. a fault

    10. he shot holes in my argument

    Definition of hole by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Hole ( hōl ), a. Whole. [Obs.] Chaucer.

    2. Hole ( hōl ), n. [OE. hol, hole, AS. hol, hole, cavern, from hol, a., hollow; akin to D. hol, OHG. hol, G. hohl, Dan. huul hollow, hul hole, Sw. hål, Icel. hola; prob. from the root of AS. helan to conceal. See Hele, Hell, and cf. Hold of a ship.]
      1. A hollow place or cavity; an excavation; a pit; an opening in or through a solid body, a fabric, etc.; a perforation; a rent; a fissure.

      The holes where eyes should be. Shak.

      The blind walls

      Were full of chinks and holes. Tennyson.

      The priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid. 2 Kings xii. 9.

      2. An excavation in the ground, made by an animal to live in, or a natural cavity inhabited by an animal; hence, a low, narrow, or dark lodging or place; a mean habitation. Dryden.

      The foxes have holes, . . . but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. Luke ix. 58.

      3. ( Games ) A small cavity used in some games, usually one into which a marble or ball is to be played or driven; hence, a score made by playing a marble or ball into such a hole, as in golf. ( Fives ) At Eton College, England, that part of the floor of the court between the step and the pepperbox.

      Syn. -- Hollow; concavity; aperture; rent; fissure; crevice; orifice; interstice; perforation; excavation; pit; cave; den; cell.

      Hole and corner, clandestine, underhand. [Colloq.] “The wretched trickery of hole and corner buffery.” Dickens. -- Hole board ( Fancy Weaving ), a board having holes through which cords pass which lift certain warp threads; -- called also compass board.

    3. Hole v. t. [AS. holian. See Hole, n.]
      1. To cut, dig, or bore a hole or holes in; as, “to hole a post for the insertion of rails or bars”. Chapman.

      2. To drive into a hole, as an animal, or a billiard ball.

    4. Hole, v. i. To go or get into a hole. B. Jonson.