black hole

noun

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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The supermassive black hole at the center of that galaxy weighs 6 billion solar masses. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "We've Seen a Black Hole Directly for the First Time," 10 Apr. 2019 The strongest gravitational waves come from the collision of black holes or very dense objects called neutron stars. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Ancient black hole collision is the most massive researchers have ever observed," 3 Dec. 2018 That merger resulted in a new black hole that is a whopping 80 times more massive than the Sun. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physicists detected gravitational waves from four new black-hole mergers," 3 Dec. 2018 Without it, my dark circles look like two black holes. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "11 Concealers You Can Wear Without Foundation," 27 July 2018 Astronomers from around the world announced on Thursday a major discovery that could help scientists better understand the birth of the universe and some of the most exotic objects in it, including black holes. Ian Haydon, Philly.com, "For the first time, scientists harness 'ghost particles' to study the universe and its black holes," 12 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of black hole

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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black hole

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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

black hole

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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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