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 naked singularity is this theoretical idea of our ability to see that singularity, see into the black hole. Clark Collis,, 15 July 2021 Alice might never have the chance to hide her secrets in a black hole. Zoë Holmes, Scientific American, 16 June 2021 Somewhere in that black hole was the Zheng He and the rest of the Chinese fleet. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, 23 Feb. 2021 The other, on January 15, involved a black hole of 5.7 solar masses and a neutron star packing one and a half times our sun’s heft. Maddie Bender, Scientific American, 2 July 2021 For the first time, astronomers have witnessed a black hole swallowing a neutron star, the densest object in the universe — all in a split-second gulp. Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2021 For the first time, astronomers have witnessed a black hole swallowing a neutron star, the most dense object in the universe — all in a split-second gulp. Seth Borenstein, Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 Gamma-ray bursts occur when a star collapses in on itself, forming a black hole and releasing a massive burst of gamma rays. Paul Best, Fox News, 4 June 2021 Preciado and Mitchell tried to alert Instagram and Venmo but worried their reports had gone into a black hole. Rebekah L. Sanders, The Arizona Republic, 14 May 2021

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First Known Use of black hole

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Jul 2021

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“Black hole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 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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