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1hollow

noun hol·low \ˈhä-(ˌ)lō\

: a place or area (especially on the ground) that is lower than the area around it

: an empty space inside of something

Full Definition of HOLLOW

1
:  an unfilled space :  cavity, hole
2
:  a depressed or low part of a surface; especially :  a small valley or basin

Examples of HOLLOW

  1. The owls nested in the hollow of a tree.
  2. <made a little hollow in her mound of mashed potatoes and filled it with gravy>

Origin of HOLLOW

Middle English holw, holh, from Old English holh hole, hollow — more at hole
First Known Use: before 12th century

2hollow

adjective

: having nothing inside : not solid

: curved inward or down

: not having real value or meaning

hol·low·er \ˈhä-lə-wər\ hol·low·est \-lə-wəst\

Full Definition of HOLLOW

1
:  having an indentation or inward curve :  concave, sunken
2
:  having a cavity within <a hollow tree>
3
:  lacking in real value, sincerity, or substance :  false, meaningless <hollow promises> <a victory over a weakling is hollow and without triumph — Ernest Beaglehole>
4
:  reverberating like a sound made in or by beating on a large empty enclosure :  muffled
hol·low·ly \ˈhä-lō-lē, -lə-lē\ adverb
hol·low·ness noun

Examples of HOLLOW

  1. There was a hollow spot in the field.
  2. <there's a noticeably hollow spot in the mattress where he has been sleeping>

Origin of HOLLOW

Middle English holw, holh, from holh hole
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of HOLLOW

vain, nugatory, otiose, idle, empty, hollow mean being without worth or significance. vain implies either absolute or relative absence of value <vain promises>. nugatory suggests triviality or insignificance <a monarch with nugatory powers>. otiose suggests that something serves no purpose and is either an encumbrance or a superfluity <a film without a single otiose scene>. idle suggests being incapable of worthwhile use or effect <idle speculations>. empty and hollow suggest a deceiving lack of real substance or soundness or genuineness <an empty attempt at reconciliation> <a hollow victory>.

Rhymes with HOLLOW

3hollow

verb

: to remove the inside of (something)

Full Definition of HOLLOW

transitive verb
1
:  to make hollow
2
:  to form by a hollowing action —usually used with out <rain barrels hollowed out from trees — Robert Shaplen>
intransitive verb
:  to become hollow

Examples of HOLLOW

  1. They hollowed the log to make a canoe.

First Known Use of HOLLOW

15th century

4hollow

adverb

Definition of HOLLOW

1
:  so as to have a hollow sound
2
:  completely, thoroughly <an ongoing story that has the old cowboy-and-Indians genre beat hollow — Barbara Bannon> —often used with all

First Known Use of HOLLOW

1601
HOLLOWNESS Defined for Kids

1hollow

adjective hol·low \ˈhä-lō\
hol·low·erhol·low·est

Definition of HOLLOW for Kids

1
:  having a space inside :  not solid <a hollow chocolate egg>
2
:  curved inward :  sunken <hollow cheeks>
3
:  suggesting a sound made in an empty place <a hollow roar>
4
:  not sincere <a hollow promise>
hol·low·ly adverb

2hollow

noun

Definition of HOLLOW for Kids

1
:  a low spot in a surface <Circling around through the flats, I came to the hollow above the Pritchards' place. — Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows>
2
:  a small valley
3
:  an empty space within something <Owls live in the hollow of the tree.>

3hollow

verb
hol·lowedhol·low·ing

Definition of HOLLOW for Kids

:  to make or become hollow <The canoe was made by hollowing out a log.>
Medical Dictionary

hollow

noun hol·low \ˈhäl-(ˌ)ō, -ə(-w)\

Medical Definition of HOLLOW

:  a depressed part of a surface or a concavity <the hollow at the back of the knee>

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