black hole


Definition of black hole

1 : a celestial object that has a gravitational field so strong that light cannot escape it and that is believed to be created especially in the collapse of a very massive star
2 : something resembling a black hole: such as
a : something that consumes a resource continually a financial black hole
b : an empty space : void … the archives of the past few years are a black hole.— David Herman
c : a dark and seemingly inescapable state or situation the black hole of depression

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Examples of black hole in a Sentence

a psychopath who seemingly has a black hole where his heart should be

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After a parent is gone, Father’s Day or Mother’s Day might forever feel like a black hole for you. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "How To Deal With the Death Of a Parent," 14 Mar. 2019 One way to resolve these problems is if black holes were actually wormholes. Marcus Woo, Scientific American, "Gravitational “Echoes” Could Reveal Colliding Wormholes," 19 June 2018 The star the black hole ate was more than twice the sun's mass, according to the scientists. USA TODAY, "Supermassive black hole violently swallows star, and researchers watch," 15 June 2018 The galaxies surround a quasar, or highly active supermassive black hole. James Rogers, Fox News, "Sprawling galaxy cluster discovered 'hiding in plain sight'," 17 Aug. 2018 Above ten solar masses, the remnant clearly collapses to a black hole. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Dark matter not at the core of neutron stars," 9 Aug. 2018 For now, the researchers know that G-objects move very quickly and close to the Milky Way's supermassive black hole, according to Ciurlo in the statement. Chelsea Gohd,, "Mysterious 'Puffy' Objects Lurk Near the Milky Way's Monster Black Hole," 11 June 2018 Scientists have long thought it unlikely that this black hole is there alone. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Center of the Milky Way May Be Chock-Full of Black Holes," 6 Apr. 2018 As though being drawn into a black hole that forms after a star implodes, Democratic hopefuls shot into the void, en masse. Maria Panaritis,, "Ten's a crowd in Pa.'s Fifth Congressional District primary | Maria Panaritis," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of black hole

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of black hole

: an invisible area in outer space with gravity so strong that light cannot get out of it

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Kids Definition of black hole

: a heavenly body with such strong gravity that light cannot escape it and that is thought to be caused by the collapse of a massive star

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