[ hohl ]
/ hoʊl /
an opening through something; gap; aperture: a hole in the roof; a hole in my sock.
a hollow place in a solid body or mass; a cavity: a hole in the ground.
the excavated habitation of an animal; burrow.
a small, dingy, or shabby place: I couldn't live in a hole like that.
a place of solitary confinement; dungeon.
an embarrassing position or predicament: to find oneself in a hole.
a cove or small harbor.
a fault or flaw: They found serious holes in his reasoning.
a deep, still place in a stream: a swimming hole.
- 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.
Informal. opening; slot: The radio program was scheduled for the p.m. hole. We need an experienced person to fill a hole in our accounting department.
Metalworking. (in wire drawing) one reduction of a section.
Electronics. a mobile vacancy in the electronic structure of a semiconductor that acts as a positive charge carrier and has equivalent mass.
Aeronautics. an air pocket that causes a plane or other aircraft to drop suddenly.
verb (used with object), holed, hol·ing.
to make a hole or holes in.
to put or drive into a hole.
Golf. to hit the ball into (a hole).
to bore (a tunnel, passage, etc.).
verb (used without object), holed, hol·ing.
to make a hole or holes.
hole out, Golf. to strike the ball into a hole: He holed out in five, one over par.
- 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.
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burn a hole in one's pocket, to urge one to spend money quickly: His inheritance was burning a hole in his pocket.
hole in the wall, a small or confining place, especially one that is dingy, shabby, or out-of-the-way: Their first shop was a real hole in the wall.
- 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.
in a/the hole,
make a hole in, to take a large part of: A large bill from the dentist made a hole in her savings.
pick a hole/holes in, to find a fault or flaw in: As soon as I presented my argument, he began to pick holes in it.Also poke a hole/holes in.
Origin of hole
before 900; Middle English; Old English hol hole, cave, orig. neuter of hol (adj.) hollow; cognate with German hohl hollow
SYNONYMS FOR hole
1, 2 pit, hollow, concavity. Hole, cavity, excavation refer to a hollow place in anything. Hole is the common word for this idea: a hole in turf. Cavity is a more formal or scientific term for a hollow within the body or in a substance, whether with or without a passage outward: a cavity in a tooth; the cranial cavity. An excavation is an extended hole made by digging out or removing material: an excavation before the construction of a building.
3 den, cave; lair, retreat.
4 hovel, shack.
Related formshole·less, adjectivehol·ey, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hole up (1 of 2)
verb (intr, adverb)
(of an animal) to hibernate, esp in a cave
informal to hide or remain secluded
British Dictionary definitions for hole up (2 of 2)
/ (həʊl) /
an area hollowed out in a solid
an opening made in or through something
an animal's hiding place or burrow
informal an unattractive place, such as a town or a dwelling
informal a cell or dungeon
US informal a small anchorage
a fault (esp in the phrase pick holes in)
slang a difficult and embarrassing situation
the cavity in various games into which the ball must be thrust
(on a golf course)
- 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 holes so worn as to be full of holeshis socks were in holes
in the hole mainly US
- in debt
- (of a card, the hole card, in stud poker) dealt face down in the first round
make a hole in to consume or use a great amount of (food, drink, money, etc)to make a hole in a bottle of brandy
to make a hole or holes in (something)
(when intr, often foll by out) golf to hit (the ball) into the hole
Word Origin for hole
Old English hol; related to Gothic hulundi, German Höhle, Old Norse hylr pool, Latin caulis hollow stem; see hollow
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Science definitions for hole up
[ hōl ]
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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Idioms and Phrases with hole up (1 of 2)
Take refuge or shelter, hide, as in I spent most of the cruise holed up in my cabin. This usage alludes to animals hibernating in winter or hiding from attack in caves or holes. [Late 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with hole up (2 of 2)
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
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