Hole meaning

hōl
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.

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A small, dingy, squalid place; any dirty, badly lighted room, house, etc.
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A flaw; fault; blemish; defect.

Holes in an argument.

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An embarrassing situation or position; predicament.
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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.
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To make a hole or holes in.
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To put, hit, or drive into a hole.
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To create by making a hole.

To hole a tunnel through a mountain.

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A gap, usually the valence band of an insulator or semiconductor, that would normally be filled with one electron. If an electron accelerated by a voltage moves into a gap, it leaves a gap behind it, and in this way the hole itself appears to move through the substance. Even though holes are in fact the absence of a negatively charged particle (an electron), they can be treated theoretically as positively charged particles, whose motion gives rise to electric current.
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A hollowed place in something solid; a cavity or pit.

Dug a hole in the ground with a shovel.

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A deep place in a body of water.
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An animal's hollowed-out habitation, such as a burrow.
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An ugly, squalid, or depressing dwelling.
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A deep or isolated place of confinement; a dungeon.
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An awkward situation; a predicament.
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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.
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To put a hole in.
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To put or propel into a hole.
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To make a hole in something.
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A hollow or hollowed-out place; cavity.
  • An excavation or pit.
  • A small bay or inlet; cove.
  • A pool or deep, relatively wide place in a stream.
    A swimming hole.
  • An animal's burrow or lair; den.
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in the hole
  • Having a score below zero.
  • In debt.
  • At a disadvantage.
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burn a hole in someone's pocket
  • To make someone eager to spend it.
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hole high
  • At a spot on or near the green that is as far as the hole is from where the ball was hit.
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hole in one
  • The act of getting the ball into the hole on the shot from the tee.
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hole out
  • To hit the ball into the hole.
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hole up
  • To hibernate, usually in a hole.
  • To shut oneself in.
  • To hide out.
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in the hole
  • In debt.
    Fifty dollars in the hole.
  • Dealt face down.
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make a hole in
  • To use up a sizable amount of.
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pick holes in
  • To pick out errors or flaws in.
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the hole
  • solitary confinement; also, a cell used for solitary confinement.
  • The area of the infield between the third baseman and the shortstop or between the second baseman and the first baseman.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

burn a hole in someone's pocket
hole high
make a hole in
pick holes in
the hole

Origin of hole

  • Middle English from Old English hol kel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition