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
: 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
I have a hole in my sock.
He fixed the hole in the roof.
a mouse hole in the wall
The dog dug a deep hole.
Her putt rolled right into the hole.
She made a birdie on the seventh hole.
The course has 18 holes. Verb
She holed a long putt for a birdie. holed the target with a round of shotsSee More
Recent Examples on the Web
Despite the lineup of exciting new, smaller brands that the city is known for, Lauren's post-pandemic absence has left a hole in the New York calendar.—Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Sep. 2023 The front had a gaping hole from apparent bite marks.—Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 There’s a car-sized hole in recent e-bike safety concerns
Earlier this summer, Brodee Champlain Kingman, a 15-year-old, was hit and killed by a driver while riding an e-bike in the city of Encinitas.—Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2023 Running back Jawhar Jordan found a hole on the left side of the field and took off for a 72-yard touchdown to cap off a two-play, 80-yard drive.—Alexis Cubit, The Courier-Journal, 8 Sep. 2023 During a livestream of the Seascape Alaska 5 expedition, which aims to map, explore, and characterize deep water habitats in unexplored regions off Alaska, the researchers manning the underwater robot caught a glimpse of a shiny golden orb, complete with a hole.—Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 7 Sep. 2023 The building’s roof is pocked with gaping holes, and insulation hangs down into hallways.—Becca Savransky, ProPublica, 6 Sep. 2023 Well, in addition to the Yellowstone of it all, Paramount execs treated 1883’s linear run as a major summer event rather than an emergency effort to plug a schedule hole (Star Trek: Discovery) or a quickie ploy to promote a streaming platform (Ms. Marvel).—Vulture, 6 Sep. 2023 Related: After rollout, Mass. police watchdog agency acknowledges holes, possible errors in disciplinary database
Take, for example, Bigda’s most high-profile misstep — a February 2016 incident that sparked a federal indictment.—Hanna Krueger, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2023
Lee hit wedge to 7 feet and holed the par putt to join Hull at 16-under 272 and force a playoff.—Associated Press, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2023 The limited-time Fantasy Feast ($249.99) feeds up to 12 guests with six dozen jumbo chicken wings, three racks of St. Louis-style ribs, sides, garlic bread, and two dozen cinnamon sugar donut holes.—Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2023 And because making the vent holes smaller threw off the HVAC system, that then had to be reconfigured.—Kelly Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 July 2023 Other shows to recently get memory holed by Disney+ include the Willow series, Earth to Ned, and the 2020 version of Black Beauty.—Vulture, 5 July 2023 Fleetwood made three birdies in four holes around the turn before making an eagle on the par-5 14th, hitting his second shot 276 yards onto the green and holing a 20-foot putt.—Greg Beacham, ajc, 18 June 2023 Save room for snacks too: the donut holes with miso caramel dipping sauce are a delightful sweet side to an after-dinner drink.—Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 29 June 2023 When Nick Taylor holed a 72-foot putt for an eagle to win the Canadian Open in a playoff Sunday afternoon, nobody was more surprised than Adam Hadwin.—oregonlive, 12 June 2023 Back to the 18th in the playoff, Hovland barely got onto the front of the green, some 60 feet away from the back pin, and two-putted by holing a seven-foot par putt.—Tom Canavan, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2023 See More
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Middle English hole, holle, going back to Old English hol "hollow place, cave, pit," noun derivative from neuter of hol "hollow, deeply concave, sunken," going back to Germanic *hula- (whence also Old Saxon & Old High German hol "hollow," Old Norse holr), probably going back to Indo-European *ḱuH-ló- (with assumed shortening of pretonic vowel), zero-grade derivative of a base *ḱeu̯H- "hollow," whence, with varying ablaut and suffixation, Greek koîlos, kóïlos "hollow, deep" (from *ḱou̯H-ilo-), Latin cavus "hollow, concave" (from *ḱou̯H-o-), Middle Irish cúa "hollow space, cavity," Middle Welsh ceu "hollow, empty" (both from *ḱou̯H-i̯o-?), Old Church Slavic sui "vain, empty" (from *ḱou̯H-i̯o-)
Middle English holen, going back to Old English holian, derivative of holhole entry 1
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a