From Middle English hole, hol, from Old English hol (“orifice, hollow place, cavity”), from Proto-Germanic *hulą (“hollow space, cavity”) noun derivative of Proto-Germanic *hulaz (“hollow”). Cognate with Dutch hol, Walloon hol, Swedish hål, Faroese hol (“hole”). Compare also German Höhle. More at hollow.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /həʊl/, [həʊɫ], /hɒʊl/, [hɒʊɫ]
- Rhymes: -əʊl
- (US) IPA(key): /hoʊl/, [hoʊɫ]
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -oʊl
- Homophone: whole (depends on accent)
hole (plural holes)
- A hollow place or cavity; an excavation; a pit; an opening in or through a solid body, a fabric, etc.; a perforation; a rent; a fissure.
- There’s a hole in my shoe. Her stocking has a hole in it.
- Bible, 2 Kings xii.9:
- The priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid.
- William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616)
- the holes where eyes should be
- Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)
- The blind walls were full of chinks and holes.
- 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapterII:
- Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
- An opening in a solid.
- There’s a hole in my bucket.
- (heading) In games.
- (golf) A subsurface standard-size hole, also called cup, hitting the ball into which is the object of play. Each hole, of which there are usually eighteen as the standard on a full course, is located on a prepared surface, called the green, of a particular type grass.
- (golf) The part of a game in which a player attempts to hit the ball into one of the holes.
- I played 18 holes yesterday. The second hole today cost me three strokes over par.
- (baseball) The rear portion of the defensive team between the shortstop and the third baseman.
- The shortstop ranged deep into the hole to make the stop.
- (chess) A square on the board, with some positional significance, that a player does not, and cannot in future, control with a friendly pawn.
- (stud poker) A card (also called a hole card) dealt face down thus unknown to all but its holder; the status in which such a card is.
- In the game of fives, part of the floor of the court between the step and the pepperbox.
- (archaeology, slang) An excavation pit or trench.
- (figuratively) A weakness, a flaw
- I have found a hole in your argument.
- (informal) A container or receptacle.
- car hole; brain hole
- (physics) In semiconductors, a lack of an electron in an occupied band behaving like a positively charged particle.
- (computing) A security vulnerability in software which can be taken advantage of by an exploit.
- (slang anatomy) An orifice, in particular the anus.
- (Ireland, idiomatic, particularly in the phrase "get one's hole") Sex, or a sex partner.
- Are you going out to get your hole tonight?
- (informal, with "the") Solitary confinement, a high-security prison cell often used as punishment.
- (slang) An undesirable place to live or visit; a hovel.
- His apartment is a hole!
- (figuratively) Difficulty, in particular, debt.
- If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
- (graph theory) A chordless cycle in a graph.
- See also Wikisaurus:hole
- (solitary confinement): administrative segregation, AdSeg, block (UK), cooler (UK), hotbox, lockdown, pound, SCU, security housing unit, SHU, special handling unit
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- (transitive) To make holes in (an object or surface).
- Shrapnel holed the ship's hull.
- (transitive, by extension) To destroy.
- She completely holed the argument.
- To go or get into a hole.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)
- 1799, Sporting Magazine (volume 13, page 49)
- If the player holes the red ball, he scores three, and upon holing his adversary's ball, he gains two; and thus it frequently happens, that seven are got upon a single stroke, by caramboling and holing both balls.
- (transitive) To cut, dig, or bore a hole or holes in.
- to hole a post for the insertion of rails or bars
- (transitive) To drive into a hole, as an animal, or a billiard ball or golf ball.
- Woods holed a standard three foot putt
- simple past tense of
- First-person singular present of holen.
- First-person singular subjunctive I of holen.
- Third-person singular subjunctive I of holen.
- Imperative singular of holen.
- alternative form of
- “hole” in The Bokmål Dictionary.