hole

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English, from Old English hol 'orifice, hollow place', from Proto-Germanic *hulą (compare Middle Dutch hool, German Höhle, Old Norse holr, Walloon hol), noun form of Proto-Germanic *hulaz 'hollow'. More at hollow.

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hole (plural holes)

  1. 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.
    • Shakespeare
      the holes where eyes should be
    • Tennyson
      The blind walls were full of chinks and holes.
    • Bible, 2 Kings xii. 9
      The priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid.
  2. An opening in a solid.
    There’s a hole in my bucket.
  3. (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.
  4. (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.
  5. (archaeology, slang) An excavation pit or trench.
  6. (figuratively) A weakness, a flaw
    I have found a hole in your argument.
    • 2011, Fun - We Are Young
      But between the drinks and subtle things
      The holes in my apologies, you know
      I’m trying hard to take it back
  7. (informal) A container or receptacle.
    car hole; brain hole
  8. (physics) In semiconductors, a lack of an electron in an occupied band behaving like a positively charged particle.
  9. (computing) A security vulnerability in software which can be taken advantage of by an exploit.
  10. (slang anatomy) An orifice, in particular the anus.
  11. (informal, with “the”) Solitary confinement, a high-security prison cell often used as punishment.
  12. (slang) An undesirable place to live or visit; a hovel
    His apartment is a hole!
  13. (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.
  14. (chess) A square on the board, with some positional significance, that a player does not, and cannot in future, control with a friendly pawn.
  15. (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.
  16. (figuratively) Difficulty, in particular, debt.
    If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

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hole (third-person singular simple present holes, present participle holing, simple past and past participle holed)

  1. (transitive) To make holes in (an object or surface).
    Shrapnel holed the ship's hull.
  2. (transitive, by extension) To destroy.
    She completely holed the argument.
  3. To go or get into a hole.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)
  4. (transitive) To cut, dig, or bore a hole or holes in.
    to hole a post for the insertion of rails or bars
  5. (transitive) To drive into a hole, as an animal, or a billiard ball or golf ball.
    Woods holed a standard three foot putt
  6. simple past tense of hele

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hole

  1. First-person singular present of holen.
  2. First-person singular subjunctive I of holen.
  3. Third-person singular subjunctive I of holen.
  4. Imperative singular of holen.

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hōlḕ (form 4)

  1. to relax, to enjoy oneself