A golf ball about to fall into a hole.
An example of a hole is a small opening in the ground that leads to a gopher tunnel.
- 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 the ball is to be hit
- any of the distinct, numbered sections of a course, each including a tee, fairway, and green: played the fifth hole in par
- 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 of holeMiddle 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
transitive verbholed, hol′ing
- to make a hole or holes in
- to put, hit, or drive into a hole
- to create by making a hole: to hole a tunnel through a mountain
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 hole
- Informal in debt: fifty dollars in the hole
- dealt face down: said of a card or cards in stud poker
make a hole in
pick holes in
- Slang solitary confinement; also, a cell used for solitary confinement
- Baseball the area of the infield between the third baseman and the shortstop or between the second baseman and the first baseman
- 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 an atom left by the absence of a valence electron, especially a position in a semiconductor that acts as a carrier of positive electric charge. Also called electron hole .
verbholed, hol·ing, holes
- To put a hole in.
- To put or propel into a hole.
Origin of holeMiddle English from Old English hol ; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- 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.
- An opening in a solid.
- There’s a hole in my bucket.
- (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.
- (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.
- (archaeology, slang) An excavation pit or trench.
- (figuratively) A weakness, a flaw
- I have found a hole in your argument.
- (informal) A container or receptacle.
- car hole; brain hole
- (physics) In semiconductors, a lack of an electron in an occupied band behaving like a positively charged particle.
- (computing) A security vulnerability in software which can be taken advantage of by an exploit.
- (slang anatomy) An orifice, in particular the anus.
- (informal, with “the”) Solitary confinement, a high-security prison cell often used as punishment.
- (slang) An undesirable place to live or visit; a hovel
- His apartment is a hole!
- (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.
- (chess) A square on the board, with some positional significance, that a player does not, and cannot in future, control with a friendly pawn.
(third-person singular simple present holes, present participle holing, simple past and past participle holed)
- To make holes in (an object or surface).
- Shrapnel holed the ship's hull.
- (by extension) To destroy.
- She completely holed the argument.
- To go or get into a hole.
- To cut, dig, or bore a hole or holes in.
- to hole a post for the insertion of rails or bars
- To drive into a hole, as an animal, or a billiard ball or golf ball.
- Woods holed a standard three foot putt