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hole

play
noun \ˈhōl\

Definition of hole

  1. 1a :  an opening through something :  perforation The coat has a hole in it. a bullet holeb :  an area where something is missing His mother's death left a hole in his life. :  gap: such as (1) :  a serious discrepancy :  flaw, weakness some holes in your logic (2) :  an opening in a defensive formation a running back's ability to find holes in the defensive line; especially :  the area of a baseball field between the positions of shortstop and third baseman (3) :  a defect in a crystal (as of a semiconductor ) that is due to an electron's having left its normal position in one of the crystal bonds and that is equivalent in many respects to a positively charged particle

  2. 2 :  a hollowed-out place a hole in an apple: such asa :  a cave, pit, or well in the ground dug a large hole with a steam shovelb :  burrow a rabbit holec :  an unusually deep place in a body of water (as a river)

  3. 3a :  a wretched or dreary place How could anyone live in such a hole?b :  a prison cell especially for solitary confinement threw him in the hole for two days

  4. 4a golf :  a shallow cylindrical hole or hollowed-out place in the putting green of a golf course into which the ball is playedb :  a part of the golf course from tee (see 2tee 2) to putting green just beginning play on the third hole; also :  the play on such a hole as a unit of scoring won the hole by two strokes

  5. 5a :  an awkward position or circumstance :  fix got the rebels out of a hole at the battle — Kenneth Robertsb :  a position of owing or losing money $10 million in the hole raising money to get out of the hole

in the hole

  1. 1 :  having a score below zero

  2. 2 :  at a disadvantage

Examples of hole in a sentence

  1. I have a hole in my sock.

  2. He fixed the hole in the roof.

  3. a mouse hole in the wall

  4. The dog dug a deep hole.

  5. Her putt rolled right into the hole.

  6. She made a birdie on the seventh hole.

  7. The course has 18 holes.

Origin and Etymology of hole

Middle English, from Old English hol (from neuter of hol, adjective, hollow) & holh; akin to Old High German hol, adjective, hollow and perhaps to Old English helan to conceal — more at hell


First Known Use: before 12th century


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hole

verb

Definition of hole

holed

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holing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make an opening through or a hallowed-out place in (as by cutting, digging, boring, or shooting at) :  to make a hole (see 1hole) in The ship was holed along the waterline by enemy fire.

  3. 2 :  to drive or hit into a hole hole a putt The dogs holed the fox.

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make an opening through or a hallowed-out place in something :  to make a hole in something

Examples of hole in a sentence

  1. She holed a long putt for a birdie.

  2. holed the target with a round of shots

Origin and Etymology of hole

see 1hole


First Known Use: before 12th century



HOLE Defined for English Language Learners

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hole

play
noun \ˈhōl\

Definition of hole for English Language Learners

  • : an opening into or through something

  • : a hollow place in the ground

  • : a place in the ground where an animal lives


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hole

verb

Definition of hole for English Language Learners

  • golf : to hit (the ball) into the hole


HOLE Defined for Kids

hole

play
noun \ˈhōl\

Definition of hole for Students

  1. 1 :  an opening into or through something There's a hole in the roof.

  2. 2 :  a hollowed out place I dug a hole.

  3. 3 :  den 1, burrow a mouse hole



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