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Middle English, from Old English hol 'orifice, hollow place', from Proto-Germanic *hulan (compare Middle Dutch hool, German Höhle, Old Norse holr, Walloon hol), noun form of Proto-Germanic *hulaz 'hollow'. More at hollow.
- (RP) IPA: /həʊl/, [həʊɫ], /hɒʊl/, [hɒʊɫ], X-SAMPA: /h@Ul/, [h@U5], /hQUl/, [hQU5]
- Rhymes: -əʊl
- (US) IPA: /hoʊl/, [hoʊɫ], X-SAMPA: /hoUl/, [hoU5]
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- Rhymes: -oʊl
- Homophone: whole (depends on accent)
hole (plural holes)
- A hollow spot in a surface.
- Get some popcorn out of that popcorn bucket hole.
- An opening in a solid.
- There’s a hole in my bucket.
- (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.
- (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.
- (informal) A high-security prison cell, often used as punishment.
- (slang) An undesirable place to live or visit; a hovel
- His apartment is a hole!
- (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.
- See also Wikisaurus:hole
Terms derived from hole (noun)
hollow in some surface
opening in a solid
lack of an electron
place where a prisoner is kept
portion of a game of golf
pit — see pit
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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?)
- (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
to make holes
to drive into a hole
- IPA: /ˈhoːlə/