• WordNet 3.6
    • v hole make holes in
    • v hole hit the ball into the hole
    • n hole an opening deliberately made in or through something
    • n hole one playing period (from tee to green) on a golf course "he played 18 holes"
    • n hole informal terms for the mouth
    • n hole an opening into or through something
    • n hole a depression hollowed out of solid matter
    • n hole an unoccupied space
    • n hole informal terms for a difficult situation "he got into a terrible fix","he made a muddle of his marriage"
    • n hole a fault "he shot holes in my argument"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A dog breaks a hole through ice to get a drink A dog breaks a hole through ice to get a drink
The shell hole Central The shell hole Central
Artifacts found near the site of the Jamestown glasshouse which was in operation as early as 1608: a small melting pot, part of a working hole, fragment from large melting pot, cullet (broken or refuse glass shown in lower left corner), and green glass fragments (lower center and lower right) Artifacts found near the site of the Jamestown glasshouse which was in operation as early as 1608: a small melting...
Water pours over the old woman from the hole in the pot Water pours over the old woman from the hole in the pot
Anima Goes down the Hole Anima Goes down the Hole
Immense serpents were peeping out of holes on every side Immense serpents were peeping out of holes on every side
flicker on tree trunk by hole flicker on tree trunk by hole

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Each honeycomb in Honeycomb cereal has seven holes
    • Hole 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. "The holes where eyes should be.""The blind walls
      Were full of chinks and holes ."
      "The priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid."
    • Hole (Games) A small cavity used in some games, usually one into which a marble or ball is to be played or driven; hence, a score made by playing a marble or ball into such a hole, as in golf.
    • Hole An excavation in the ground, made by an animal to live in, or a natural cavity inhabited by an animal; hence, a low, narrow, or dark lodging or place; a mean habitation. "The foxes have holes , . . . but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head."
    • Hole (Games) At Eton College, England, that part of the floor of the court between the step and the pepperbox.
    • Hole To cut, dig, or bore a hole or holes in; as, to hole a post for the insertion of rails or bars.
    • Hole To drive into a hole, as an animal, or a billiard ball.
    • v. i Hole To go or get into a hole.
    • a Hole hōl Whole.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1992, the Antarctic Ozone hole was larger than the continent of North America.
    • hole Hollow; deep; concave.
    • hole Hollow; hungry.
    • n hole A hollow place or cavity in a solid body; a perforation, orifice, aperture, pit, rent, or crevice.
    • n hole The excavated habitation of certain wild animals, as the fox, the badger, etc.; a burrow.
    • n hole Hence A narrow, dark, or obscure lodging or place; especially, an obscure lodging for one in hiding, or a secret room for a prohibited or disreputable business, as for counterfeiting, unlicensed printing, liquor-selling, etc.: as, a rum-hole.
    • n hole The hollow interior of a ship: now called, by corruption, the hold. See hold.
    • n hole An indentation in the coast; a cove, or small harbor, as Holmes's Hole in Martha's Vineyard, and Wood's Hole on the coast opposite; a narrow passage or waterway between two islands, as Robinson's Hole, in the same region. In 1875 the name Wood's Hole was changed to Wood's Holl, in conformity with the (unfounded) supposition that hole in such local. names is a corruption of a Norse word holl, meaning ‘hill’ (see etymology of hill), introduced by the Norsemen in the tenth century, and preserved from that remote period by the American Indians.
    • n hole A level grassy area surrounded by mountains: a word formerly much in use and still current in the northern parts of the Rocky Mountains. Such places are also sometimes called parks, and occasionally, in certain regions, basins. The use of the term hole implies a more complete isolation and environment of mountains than does that of basin. Park is a more familiar name for localities of this kind in the southern Rocky Mountains.
    • n hole A puzzling situation; a scrape; a fix.
    • n hole Synonyms Opening, cave, cavity, excavation, hollow.
    • n hole Den, kennel, hovel.
    • hole To cut, dig, or make a hole or holes in: as, to hole a post for the insertion of rails or bars; to hole a flute.
    • hole To drive into a hole.
    • hole In mining: To connect two workings with each other.
    • hole In coal-mining, to undercut the coal, or pick away the lower part of the seam, so that that which is above can be thrown down by means of wedges or by the use of powder.
    • hole To go into a hole, as an animal into its den or burrow.
    • hole Specifically, to retire into a den or burrow for the winter: said of a hibernating animal.
    • hole The former and more correct spelling of whole.
    • hole In billiards, to win by pocketing. Some billiard games of mixed pockets and caroms require the final shot to be a carom; others insist upon a pocket.
    • hole A simplified (and the earlier) spelling of whole.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Black Hole, 1979, was Disney's first PG-rated movie.
    • n Hole hōl a hollow place: a cavity: an opening in a solid body: a pit: a subterfuge: a means of escape: a difficult situation: a scrape: a place of hiding, a mean lodging, a secret room for some disreputable business:
    • v.t Hole to form holes in: to drive into a hole
    • v.i Hole to go into a hole
    • adj Hole (Spens.) whole.
    • n Hole hōl (golf) one of the holes, 4 in. in diameter, into which the ball is played, also the distance between any two holes
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  • Edna St. Vincent Millay
    “Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.”
  • Douglas Hurd
    Douglas Hurd
    “It is not helpful to help a friend by putting coins in his pockets when he has got holes in his pockets.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “A drinker has a hole under his nose that all his money runs into.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Whenever nature leaves a hole in a person's mind, she generally plasters it over with a thick coat of self-conceit.”
  • Michelle Mcgann
    Michelle Mcgann
    “I'm trying not to look too far ahead. All I'm thinking is one shot at a time, one hole at a time, and that's what I want to keep doing.”
  • Salman Rushdie
    “I used to say: there is a God-shaped hole in me. For a long time I stressed the absence, the hole. Now I find it is the shape which has become more important.”


Ace in the hole - An ace in the hole is something other people are not aware of that can be used to your advantage when the time is right.
Black hole - If there is a black hole in financial accounts, money has disappeared.
Fire in the hole! - This is used as a warning when a planned explosion is about to happen.
In the hole - If someone is in the hole, they have a lot of problems, especially financial ones.
Money burns a hole in your pocket - If someone has money burning a hole in their pocket, they are eager to spend it, normally in a wasteful manner.
More holes than Swiss cheese - If something has more holes than a Swiss cheese, it is incomplete,and lacks many parts.
Square peg in a round hole - If somebody's in a situation, organisation, etc, where they don't fit in and feel out of place, they are a square peg in a round hole.
Watering hole - (UK) A watering hole is a pub.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hol, hole, AS. hol, hole, cavern, from hol, a., hollow,; akin to D. hol, OHG. hol, G. hohl, Dan. huul, hollow, hul, hole, Sw. hål, Icel. hola,; prob. from the root of AS. helan, to conceal. See Hele Hell, and cf. Hold of a ship
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hol, a hole, cavern; Dut. hol, Dan. hul, Ger. hohl, hollow; conn. with Gr. koilos, hollow.


In literature:

In those days the sheep were hand-washed in a water hole, in which we worked up to our middle all day.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
Then the swallow bade farewell to Tiny, and she opened the hole in the ceiling which the mole had made.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Always make a point of trying to play the first hole as well as you have ever played a hole in your life.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
A hole or holes are left in the roof over the fireplaces for openings for the smoke to escape.
"Shelters, Shacks and Shanties" by D.C. Beard
She rolled, and the lights of the port-holes flashed lanterns on the sea in that uprising.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
The holes C C can be cleaned out if the plugs P^2 P^3 are removed.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
Shoot a hole through his spine.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
You can peep through this little hole where he was trying to gnaw out.
"Stuyvesant" by Jacob Abbott
And live in holes carved out of the ruby mud.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
Evening camp was usually made near a water-hole or native well, but sometimes the horses had to go as long as two days without a drink.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman

In poetry:

It makes its nest of soft, dry moss,
In a hole so deep and strong ;
And there it sleeps secure and warm,
The dreary winter long.
"The Wood-Mouse" by Mary Botham Howitt
Oh, that land of plague and pestilence
Where the natives die in shoals
And they have to vaccinate them
Till their torsos' filled with holes.
"Mandalay 1" by Billy Bennett
To smoke the nobs out of their holes
we’ll light a fire through all the world,
a bloody fire through all the world –
Lord, bless our souls!
"from The Twelve" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
Sometime when you feel that your going
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow these simple instructions
And see how they humble your soul;
"There Is No Indispensable Man" by Anonymous British
And deep and wide the rotten side
Slipped into the hungry hole,
And the phosphorus leapt and vanished
Like the flight of the stranger’s soul.
"The Legend of Cooee Gully" by Henry Lawson
"But I saw nae mair, for, wi' ae lood cry
That took the last o' my breath,
I lap frae the hole that was like my grave,
An' I ran for life an' death."
"The Piper's Tree" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Tucson News NowRed zone a black hole for Browns in 25-15 loss.
The host galaxy is of a type not expected to harbor a supermassive black hole, suggesting that this black hole, while related to its supermassive cousins, may have a different origin.
NuSTAR reveals flare from Milky Way's black hole.
Rare star explosion reveals hidden black hole.
Gas builds up in a storage disk around a black hole, eventually leading to a bright X-ray nova.
Fanatical SciFi Army Beams Financial Firm Into Black Hole.
Star Races Around Black Hole, Key to Proving Einstein's Theory.
Shed light on 'black hole'.
Bright X-ray novae, which indicate the presence of a black hole, are so rare that they're a once-a-mission event, and this is the first one Swift has seen.
Artist's Illustrations of Asteroid Path to Black Hole.
Kptm.com NASA's Swift Satellite Discovers A New Black Hole In Our Galaxy.
'Holes, Voids' is filled with ambition.
Richard Haley "s "Hole Relocation, 2012, mixed media.
Another Hole in the Head.
Matt Denninger, hitting a 7-iron, made a hole-in-one at No.

In science:

We investigate how the total mass Mtot of a dataset with two black holes depends on the configuration of linear or angular momentum and separation of the holes.
Local and global properties of conformally flat initial data for black hole collisions
The unit of length is the throat radius Rδ = Mδ /2 of the holes (in this paper, all holes have the same mass Mδ = 2 and thus the same throat radius).
Local and global properties of conformally flat initial data for black hole collisions
The analytical solution (35) is described by the two parameters, the mass of the Schwarzschild black hole M and the velocity of the hole v as measured by an observer at infinity.
Local and global properties of conformally flat initial data for black hole collisions
Comparison of the spatial distribution of local invariants for both rotating and boosted black hole shows that junk field is present at large distances from the holes.
Local and global properties of conformally flat initial data for black hole collisions
Mi is the corresponding Newtonian mass, ui is the value of the correction to the conformal factor at the ith hole, and D is the coordinate separation distance between the holes.
Variational Principles in General Relativity