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
Recent Examples on the Web The center of our galaxy is a dense region that includes a supermassive black hole, superclusters of stars, streams of gas and magnetic filaments. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 11 June 2021 Our age of information deluge yields two types of people: the first is immediately responsive, or at least excels in expectation management; the second allows information to fall into a black hole — a void of communication. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 13 May 2021 At earlier stops with the Lakers and Cavs, Clarkson was known as something of a black hole, a gunner, as a sort of lesser reincarnation of World B. Free. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 The supermassive black hole — 6.5 billion suns worth of disappeared mass — sits at the center of the galaxy Messier 87. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 Though the Starcharter Andromeda is slowly being pulled into a black hole, young ensigns McKenna (Mulligan) and Zachary (Mikey Day) are losing their minds over criticism from their superiors. Matthew Love, Vulture, 11 Apr. 2021 The flat-screen TV looks more like art than a blank black hole, thanks to a frame Brad crafted out of 1×6 lumber and crown molding. Sarah Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 May 2021 At the center of every black hole is a singularity: a point where time and space break down. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 21 May 2021 Their work showed how special disturbances within the magnetic fields surrounding a black hole could, in theory, generate stable wormholes. Brendan Z. Foster, Scientific American, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of black hole

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jun 2021

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“Black hole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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