black hole

noun
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

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

Examples of black hole in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of black hole

1964

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BLACK HOLE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of black hole for English Language Learners

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


BLACK HOLE Defined for Kids

black hole

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Definition of black hole for Students

: 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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