• WordNet 3.6
    • adj hollow devoid of significance or point "empty promises","a hollow victory","vacuous comments"
    • adj hollow as if echoing in a hollow space "the hollow sound of footsteps in the empty ballroom"
    • adj hollow not solid; having a space or gap or cavity "a hollow wall","a hollow tree","hollow cheeks","his face became gaunter and more hollow with each year"
    • v hollow remove the interior of "hollow out a tree trunk"
    • v hollow remove the inner part or the core of "the mining company wants to excavate the hillside"
    • n hollow a depression hollowed out of solid matter
    • n hollow a small valley between mountains "he built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Appalachians"
    • n hollow a cavity or space in something "hunger had caused the hollows in their cheeks"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During the winter, squirrels make waterproof nests in hollow trees.
    • Hollow A cavity, natural or artificial; an unfilled space within anything; a hole, a cavern; an excavation; as the hollow of the hand or of a tree.
    • Hollow A low spot surrounded by elevations; a depressed part of a surface; a concavity; a channel. "Forests grew
      Upon the barren hollows ."
      "I hate the dreadful hollow behind the little wood."
    • Hollow Depressed; concave; gaunt; sunken. "With hollow eye and wrinkled brow."
    • Hollow Having an empty space or cavity, natural or artificial, within a solid substance; not solid; excavated in the interior; as, a hollow tree; a hollow sphere. "Hollow with boards shalt thou make it."
    • interj Hollow Hollo.
    • Hollow Not sincere or faithful; false; deceitful; not sound; as, a hollow heart; a hollow friend.
    • Hollow Reverberated from a cavity, or resembling such a sound; deep; muffled; as, a hollow roar.
    • v. t Hollow To make hollow, as by digging, cutting, or engraving; to excavate. "Trees rudely hollowed ."
    • v. i Hollow To shout; to hollo. "Whisperings and hollowings are alike to a deaf ear."
    • v. t Hollow To urge or call by shouting. "He has hollowed the hounds."
    • adv Hollow Wholly; completely; utterly; -- chiefly after the verb to beat, and often with all; as, this story beats the other all hollow . See All adv. "The more civilized so-called Caucasian races have beaten the Turks hollow in the struggle for existence."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Hans Holbein's painting, "The Ambassadors," the artist added a small skull as a way of signing his name. Holbein is another word for "hollow bone" or "a skull."
    • n hollow A cavity; a depression or an excavation below the general level, as of the ground, or in the substance of anything; an empty space in anything; a concavity.
    • n hollow Specifically, a concave space of ground; a piece or tract of land lower than the general level, or hemmed in by hills: used in many place-names in the United States: as, Sleepy Hollow in New York.
    • n hollow A concave plane used in working moldings.
    • n hollow A strip of thick paper or of pasteboard cut to the exact height and thickness required for a book for which the boards and cloth are intended, and which acts as a gage for the guidance of the case-makers, and as a stiffener for the cloth at the back of the book between the boards.
    • hollow Having a cavity within; having an empty space in the interior: as, a hollow tree; a hollow rock; a hollow sphere.
    • hollow Having a concavity; concave; sunken: as, a hollow way or road.
    • hollow Resembling sound reverberated from a cavity, or producing such a sound; deep; low.
    • hollow Empty; without contents; hence, without pith or substance; fruitless; worthless: as, a hollow victory; a hollow argument.
    • hollow Not sincere or faithful; false; deceitful; not sound: as, a hollow heart.
    • hollow Void of meaning or truth; empty; baseless: as, hollow oaths; a hollow mockery.
    • hollow Thorough; complete; out-and-out.
    • hollow Having, as wool, the fibers torn apart, so that it is light and open.
    • hollow Synonyms Empty, void, cavernous.
    • hollow Faithless, iusincere, treacherous, hypocritical.
    • hollow To make hollow; excavate; make empty.
    • hollow To bend into a curved or concave form.
    • hollow Beyond doubt or question; utterly; completely; out-and-out: often with all for emphasis: as, he beat him hollow, or all hollow; he carried it hollow.
    • hollow A variant of hollo.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The state of Utah used to be submerged under water and to this day brine shrimp can still be found in rain-filled hollows under rocks and boulders.
    • adj Hollow hol′ō vacant: not solid: containing an empty space: sunken: unsound: insincere
    • n Hollow a hole: a cavity: any depression in a body: any vacuity: a groove: a channel
    • v.t Hollow to make a hole in: to make hollow by digging: to excavate
    • adv Hollow completely: clean
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  • Nicholas Breton
    Nicholas Breton
    “Thus much for thy assurance know; a hollow friend is but a hellish foe.”
  • James Thurber
    “The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms -- hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal.”


Hollow leg - Someone who has a hollow leg eats what seems to be more than his stomach can hold.
Hollow victory - A hollow victory is where someone wins something in name, but are seen not to have gained anything by winning.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. holow, holgh, holf, AS. holh, a hollow, hole. Cf. Hole


In literature:

For a minute or two there was silence which was broken only by the snapping of the branches on the fire and the hollow roar of the rapid.
"The Long Portage" by Harold Bindloss
It was noon the next day when he alighted, aching all over, where the line ran into a deep hollow between fir-clad hills.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
That which forms the hollow of the top-timber of a frame.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
A few days later, in the same hollow, a Kentucky warbler was singing contentedly, showing no signs of uneasiness.
"Our Bird Comrades" by Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
He had not proceeded far when he arrived at a spot hollowed out, and sheltered from behind by a large mass of rock.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
The =stem= is stout, nearly cylindrical, hollow, bulbous.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
The first instinct of a gray squirrel, at the approach of winter, is to seek out a deep, warm, hollow limb, or trunk.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
All in all, Dyer's Hollow did not impress me as a promising farming country.
"The Foot-path Way" by Bradford Torrey
The den is usually a hollow under a large tree.
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
She would not think of Sleepy Hollow.
"A Princess in Calico" by Edith Ferguson Black

In poetry:

She commands me, she who bound me
With soft sorcery to follow;
In a golden snare who wound me
To her bosom's snowy hollow....
"Pre-Ordination" by Madison Julius Cawein
The wind's way in the deep sky's hollow
None may measure, as none can say
How the heart in her shows the swallow
The wind's way.
"The Way Of The Wind" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Sets neat prints into the snow
Between trees, and warily a lame
Shadow lags by stump and in hollow
Of a body that is bold to come
"The Thought-Fox" by Ted Hughes
"I stand on ways that are trodden
With the weary tramp of feet;
And the hollow sound of their marching
Have made my own less sweet.
"The House Of The Singing Birds" by Alexander Anderson
And I heard him say, as he sate apart,
In a hollow voice and low,
'Tis a cry of blood doth follow us,
And still doth plague us so!'
"The Old Man's Story" by Mary Botham Howitt
Stir gently the blossoming clover,
In the hollows dewy and deep,—
Somewhere they are blossoming over
The spot where I shall sleep.
"Summer Rain" by Kate Seymour Maclean

In news:

The green renovation of Sheep Dog Hollow, a 100-year-old farmhouse, is almost finished.
Dale King, contractor and former owner of Sheep Dog Hollow, puts the finishing touches on the outside trim.
Sheep Dog Hollow's green renovation is almost finished.
Visit To 96-Acre Sheepskin Hollow Showcases Roaring Brook.
Rock hopping through Thorton Hollow.
This rugged, 16.8-mile, 2-day backpacking trip reveals classic Appalachian wonders: idyllic waterfall-laden hollows, reborn woodlands, and scenic backcountry campsites.
The humble sinuses , those hollow cavities hidden in the bones around the nose, usually draw little appreciation.
Martha's Must-Haves: Wusthof Emeril Hollow-Edge Slicer .
On July 9, 1955, David Lee Hayes, his wife, Ruth, and their 6-year-old son were spending the day on Dale Hollow Lake on the Tennessee-Kentucky border.
WASHINGTON — It didn't take long for the Internet to start buzzing with conspiracy theories after the Social Security Administration posted a notice that it was purchasing 174,000 hollow-point bullets.
Another great power once let its infrastructure decay, its deficits rise and its economy hollow out as it poured its national treasure into its military and getting stuck in an unending war in Afghanistan.
1 pound bucatini (fat, hollow spaghetti that looks just like worms).
Zipf plucked at a new semi-hollow prototype from Wilmore Guitars, the Long Beach-based company that organized the event.
Dubbed the "Inexhaustible Cow," the udders of the hollowed-out wooden beast spewed lager — and five-cent-per-glass milk for the kids — at a Surf Avenue booth, as documented in various reports and photos.
This results in a low radial forming force on the body of the shaft, which makes it possible to roll splines on hollow parts.

In science:

These ions are hollow in the sense that they separate from the bulk distribution but have a nearly isotropic distribution function.
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
When any hollow conducting shell is charged with electricity, the whole of the fluid is carried to the exterior surface, without leaving any portion on the interior one, as may be immediately shown from the fourth and fifth articles.
An Essay on the Application of mathematical Analysis to the theories of Electricity and Magnetism
If the body in question be a hollow spherical shell of constant thickness, the analysis used by LA PLACE (M ´ec.
An Essay on the Application of mathematical Analysis to the theories of Electricity and Magnetism
However, some spots will show a lighter color or give hollow spots.
Silver Staining of Proteins in 2DE Gels
The laser is nominally locked to the side of an optogalvanic resonance (see , for instance) in a barium hollow cathode lamp shown in Figure 4.14.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation