- 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.
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Idioms for hole
- 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
synonym study for hole
OTHER WORDS FROM holeholeless, adjectiveholey, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for hole
In August, one of the cables that holds up the dome slipped out of a socket and punched a hole in the dish.Arecibo Observatory, an ‘icon of Puerto Rican science,’ will be demolished|Lisa Grossman|November 19, 2020|Science News
He said Lions quarterback Matt Stafford had found “the honey hole” in Washington’s defense.Inside Aqib Talib’s ‘raw’ but ‘real’ NFL announcing debut|Les Carpenter|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Its decommission will create a hole in radio astronomy, but many other instruments should be able to pick up where Arecibo left off.The second-largest radio telescope in the world is shutting down|Neel Patel|November 19, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The Warriors have a hole at center and a desire to reenter the West’s contender class.On quiet night for NBA draft lottery selections, Anthony Edwards goes No. 1 to Timberwolves|Ben Golliver, Des Bieler|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
It pokes some significant holes in the fundamental assumptions we’ve been making.
Western-backed FSA brigades in northern Syria are now holed up in three pockets: in Aleppo, and to the west and north of the city.ISIS and Al Qaeda Ready to Gang Up on Obama's Rebels|Jamie Dettmer|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Brooks: We holed up in the Bel Air Hotel, where Gene was staying, and we acted all the parts out.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview|Alex Belth|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A group of protestors were holed up inside a hall beside the mosque.Egypt’s Government Thugs Beat Me Up at the Rabaa Sit-In|Mike Giglio|August 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Until then, the students are mostly keeping away from the press, holed up in their hotel rooms watching television and sleeping.
One local photographer was holed up in a café when police threatened to gas the place unless the crowd huddled there left.
In another place was a holed frying-pan and a battered kettle.The Long Portage|Harold Bindloss
It was our second or third salvo, which had holed her badly at the water-line, that did the business.Stories of the Ships|Lewis R. Freeman
If the striker's ball is holed he plays from baulk; if an object-ball, it is spotted as at the beginning of the game.
Russell then holed his long one, which seemed to put him in a better humour, and the men started for the second tee.Fore!|Charles Emmett Van Loan
Holed it with my third, and might have done it in two, with a bit of luck.Mr. Punch's Golf Stories|Various
British Dictionary definitions for hole
- 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
Scientific definitions for hole
Idioms and Phrases with hole
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