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noun \ˈhōl\

Simple Definition of hole

  • : an opening into or through something

  • : a hollow place in the ground

  • : a place in the ground where an animal lives

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hole

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  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)

  3. 3 a :  a wretched or dreary place b :  a prison cell especially for solitary confinement

  4. 4 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>

  5. 5 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

  1. 1 :  having a score below zero

  2. 2 :  at a disadvantage

Examples of hole in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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




Simple Definition of hole

  • golf : to hit (the ball) into the hole

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hole



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a hole in

  3. 2 :  to drive or hit into a hole <hole a putt>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make a hole in something

Examples of hole in a sentence

  1. She holed a long putt for a birdie.

  2. <holed the target with a round of shots>

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of hole

before 12th century

HOLE Defined for Kids


noun \ˈhōl\

Definition of hole for Students

  1. 1 :  an opening into or through something <There's a hole in the roof.>

  2. 2 :  a hollowed out place <I dug a hole.>

  3. 3 :  den 1, burrow <a mouse hole>

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