Variant of hole
- 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: ME < OE hol, orig. neut. of adj. holh, hollow, akin to Ger hohl < IE base *kaul-, *kul-, hollow, hollow stalk > L caulis, Gr kaulos, stalk
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