- a depression in the surface of the ground, containing water.
- a source of drinking water, as a spring or well in the desert.
- a pond; pool.
- a cavity containing water in the dry bed of a river.
- 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
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.
They rode easily, prepared to camp at the first stream or water-hole they reached.
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.The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)
Sir James George Frazer
- a depression, such as a pond or pool, containing water, esp one used by animals as a drinking place
- a source of drinking water in a desert
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