- a small cavity, into which a marble, ball, or the like is to be played.
- a score made by so playing.
- the circular opening in a green into which the ball is to be played.
- a part of a golf course from a tee to the hole corresponding to it, including fairway, rough, and hazards.
- the number of strokes taken to hit the ball from a tee into the hole corresponding to it.
verb (used with object), holed, hol·ing.
verb (used without object), holed, hol·ing.
- to go into a hole; retire for the winter, as a hibernating animal.
- to hide, as from pursuers, the police, etc.: The police think the bank robbers are holed up in Chicago.
- in debt; in straitened circumstances: After Christmas I am always in the hole for at least a month.
- Baseball, Softball.pitching or batting with the count of balls or balls and strikes to one's disadvantage, especially batting with a count of two strikes and one ball or none.
- Stud Poker.being the card or one of the cards dealt face down in the first round: a king in the hole.
Origin of hole
Synonyms for hole
Related Words for holedent, tunnel, void, crater, pocket, window, gap, pit, break, cut, space, mouth, crack, box, corner, spot, vent, cranny, excavation, covert
Examples from the Web for hole
Contemporary Examples of hole
Instead of going for the hole, I hit the ball directly into the water.
There is only sand, a white ball, and a flag indicating the hole.
If the ball gets in the hole, the screen shifts to reveal the next hole.
Go for a hole in one, or maybe try to only use huge arcs to get it in.
When the game starts, there is only sand, a white ball, a flag indicating hole 1, and a “0” at the top of the screen.
Historical Examples of hole
I ain't ever met a person yet was satisfied with the hole they was in.
Charmed, old man; deuced pally of you to stay by us down in that hole, you know.
He dug a hole and he covered it with branches and leaves and a little grass.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
There was plenty of water in the hole, which is about six feet deep.
At about noon we found some water in a gully by scratching a hole, but it was quite salt.
- the cup on each of the greens
- each of the divisions of a course (usually 18) represented by the distance between the tee and a green
- the score made in striking the ball from the tee into the hole
- a vacancy in a nearly full band of quantum states of electrons in a semiconductor or an insulator. Under the action of an electric field holes behave as carriers of positive charge
- (as modifier)hole current
- a vacancy in the nearly full continuum of quantum states of negative energy of fermions. A hole appears as the antiparticle of the fermion
- in debt
- (of a card, the hole card, in stud poker) dealt face down in the first round
Word Origin for hole
Old English hol "orifice, hollow place, cave, perforation," from Proto-Germanic *hul (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German hol, Middle Dutch hool, Old Norse holr, German hohl "hollow," Gothic us-hulon "to hollow out"), from PIE root *kel- (see cell).
As a contemptuous word for "small dingy lodging or abode" it is attested from 1610s. Meaning "a fix, scrape, mess" is from 1760. Obscene slang use for "vulva" is implied from mid-14c. Hole in the wall "small and unpretentious place" is from 1822; to hole up first recorded 1875. To need (something) like a hole in the head, applied to something useless or detrimental, first recorded 1944 in entertainment publications, probably a translation of a Yiddish expression, cf. ich darf es vi a loch in kop.
"to make a hole," Old English holian "to hollow out, scoop out" (see hole (n.)). Related: Holed; holing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with hole
- hole in one
- hole in the wall
- hole up
- ace in the hole
- black hole
- in a bind (hole)
- in the hole
- money burns a hole in one's pocket
- need like a hole in the head
- pick holes in
- square peg in a round hole