- The definition of a hole is a hollow place, opening or break in something.
An example of a hole is a small opening in the ground that leads to a gopher tunnel.
A golf ball about to fall into a hole.
hole definition by Webster's New World
- a hollow or hollowed-out place; cavity; specif.,
- an excavation or pit
- ☆ a small bay or inlet; cove: often in place names
- a pool or deep, relatively wide place in a stream: a swimming hole
- an animal's burrow or lair; den
- a small, dingy, squalid place; any dirty, badly lighted room, house, etc.
- an opening in or through anything; break; gap: a hole in the wall
- a tear or rent, or a place where fabric is worn away, as in a garment
- a flaw; fault; blemish; defect: holes in an argument
- Informal an embarrassing situation or position; predicament
- a small, cylindrical cup sunk into a green, into which a ball is to be hit
- any of the distinct sections of a course, including the tee, the fairway, and the green: played the fifth hole in par
- Physics, Electronics a vacancy in a semiconductor, crystal, etc. left by the loss or absence of an electron: in some semiconductors it acts as a carrier of a positive electric charge
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English hol, origin, originally neuter of adjective holh, hollow, akin to German hohl ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kaul-, an unverified form kul-, hollow, hollow stalk from source Classical Latin caulis, Classical Greek kaulos, stalk
hole definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A hollowed place in something solid; a cavity or pit: dug a hole in the ground with a shovel.
- a. An opening or perforation: a hole in the clouds; had a hole in the elbow of my sweater.b. Sports An opening in a defensive formation, such as the area of a baseball infield between two adjacent fielders.c. A fault or flaw: There are holes in your argument.
- A deep place in a body of water.
- An animal's hollowed-out habitation, such as a burrow.
- An ugly, squalid, or depressing dwelling.
- A deep or isolated place of confinement; a dungeon.
- An awkward situation; a predicament.
- Sports a. The small pit lined with a cup into which a golf ball must be hit.b. One of the divisions of a golf course, from tee to cup.
- Physics A vacant position in a crystal left by the absence of an electron, especially a position in a semiconductor that acts as a carrier of positive electric charge. Also called electron hole.
- To put a hole in.
- To put or propel into a hole.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English hol; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots.
hole - Phrases/Idioms
burn a hole in someone's pocket
hole in one
- to hibernate, usually in a hole
- to shut oneself in
- to hide out
in the holeâ
- Informal financially embarrassed or behind fifty dollars in the hole
- dealt face down: said of a card or cards in stud poker
make a hole in
pick holes in
- Informal solitary confinement; also, a cell used for solitary confinement
- â Baseball the area of the infield between the third baseman and the shortstop or between the second baseman and the first baseman
in the hole
- Having a score below zero.
- In debt.
- At a disadvantage.
hole - Science Definition