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water hole

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noun
  1. a depression in the surface of the ground, containing water.
  2. a source of drinking water, as a spring or well in the desert.
  3. a pond; pool.
  4. a cavity containing water in the dry bed of a river.
  5. a hole in the frozen surface of a lake, pond, stream, etc.

Origin of water hole

First recorded in 1645–55
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Examples from the Web for water hole

Historical Examples

  • I will send Simba with you to show you the water-hole in the kopje.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Jumbo mentioned that he had found an A T O cow dead by a water-hole.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • They rode easily, prepared to camp at the first stream or water-hole they reached.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • I came in here to find a water-hole and he ran away and threw me off.

    The Wrong Woman

    Charles D. Stewart

  • The water-hole by which we were camped was called Wiarminni.


British Dictionary definitions for water hole

water hole

noun
  1. a depression, such as a pond or pool, containing water, esp one used by animals as a drinking place
  2. a source of drinking water in a desert
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