noun \ˈhōl\

: an opening into or through something

: a hollow place in the ground

: a place in the ground where an animal lives

Full Definition of HOLE

a :  an opening through something :  perforation <have a hole in my coat>
b :  an area where something is missing :  gap: as
(1) :  a serious discrepancy :  flaw, weakness <some holes in your logic> (2) :  an opening in a defensive formation; especially :  the area of a baseball field between the positions of shortstop and third baseman (3) :  a defect in a crystal (as of a semiconductor) that is due to an electron's having left its normal position in one of the crystal bonds and that is equivalent in many respects to a positively charged particle
:  a hollowed-out place: as
a :  a cave, pit, or well in the ground
b :  burrow
c :  an unusually deep place in a body of water (as a river)
a :  a wretched or dreary place
b :  a prison cell especially for solitary confinement
a :  a shallow cylindrical hole in the putting green of a golf course into which the ball is played
b :  a part of the golf course from tee to putting green <just beginning play on the third hole>; also :  the play on such a hole as a unit of scoring <won the hole by two strokes>
a :  an awkward position or circumstance :  fix <got the rebels out of a hole at the battle — Kenneth Roberts>
b :  a position of owing or losing money <$10 million in the hole> <raising money to get out of the hole>
in the hole
:  having a score below zero
:  at a disadvantage

Examples of HOLE

  1. I have a hole in my sock.
  2. He fixed the hole in the roof.
  3. a mouse hole in the wall
  4. The dog dug a deep hole.
  5. Her putt rolled right into the hole.
  6. She made a birdie on the seventh hole.
  7. The course has 18 holes.

Origin of HOLE

Middle English, from Old English hol (from neuter of hol, adjective, hollow) & holh; akin to Old High German hol, adjective, hollow and perhaps to Old English helan to conceal — more at hell
First Known Use: before 12th century



golf : to hit (the ball) into the hole


Full Definition of HOLE

transitive verb
:  to make a hole in
:  to drive or hit into a hole <hole a putt>
intransitive verb
:  to make a hole in something

Examples of HOLE

  1. She holed a long putt for a birdie.
  2. <holed the target with a round of shots>

First Known Use of HOLE

before 12th century


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