hole

noun
\ˈhōl \

Definition of hole 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an opening through something : perforation The coat has a hole in it. a bullet hole

b : 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 : a hollowed-out place a hole in an apple : such as

a : a cave, pit, or well in the ground dug a large hole with a steam shovel

b : burrow a rabbit hole

c : an unusually deep place in a body of water (such as a river)

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

4a golf : a shallow cylindrical hole or hollowed-out place in the putting green of a golf course into which the ball is played

b : a part of the golf course from tee (see tee entry 2 sense 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

5a : an awkward position or circumstance : fix got the rebels out of a hole at the battle— Kenneth Roberts

b : a position of owing or losing money $10 million in the hole raising money to get out of the hole

in the hole

1 : having a score below zero

2 : at a disadvantage

hole

verb
holed; holing

Definition of hole (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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

intransitive verb

: to make an opening through or a hollowed-out place in something : to make a hole in something

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Examples of hole in a Sentence

Noun

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 shots
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And this is how a billionaire investor who arrived with the best intentions ended up leaving English soccer a decade later—humbled, disgusted and some $250 million in the hole. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "The American Billionaire Who Got Chewed Up by English Soccer," 30 Nov. 2018 Daryl will similarly have to reckon with the fact that his diversion tactic, which dumped the two in a giant hole, resulted in Rick blowing up the bridge. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Walking Dead has condemned itself for all time," 5 Nov. 2018 As revealed at the end of Infinity War, Captain Marvel represents Nick Fury’s ace in the hole and the last hope against Thanos and his universe-shattering cull. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Captain Marvel and the future of the Avengers, explained," 18 Sep. 2018 Set the plant in the hole with the top of the root ball at the same height or ever-so-slightly higher than the soil surface. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Hydrangeas," 1 Aug. 2018 Sign up for the Backchannel newsletter Science Brett, a robot at UC Berkeley, is learning to put a square peg in a square hole the same way that a child does. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Robots Can't Hold Stuff Very Well. But You Can Help," 13 July 2018 From 1990 to 2006 there were 16 U.S. deaths due to falling in a hole at the beach compared to 11 shark attack deaths. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Sharks vs. humans: At 100 million deaths against 6 each year, it's not a fair fight," 11 July 2018 This will continue until both golfers have put the ball in the hole. Christopher Hanna, courant.com, "Goodwin Park Offers Kids Golf Lessons Through PGA Junior League," 8 July 2018 Rougned Odor followed, seeing two pitches before he, too, turned on a curveball for a double to score Profar, placing Houston in a four-run hole. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros overcome 4-run deficit to defeat Rangers in 10 innings," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Dailey spent the time walking from hole to hole talking to fans, taking pictures and signing autographs. Kelli Stacy, courant.com, "As Always, UConn Family Out In Force At Travelers Pro-Am," 21 June 2018 Climb the pitons, scuba and snorkel, or simply hole yourself up in rooms with some of the most stunning views in the Caribbean. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is the Best Caribbean Island for You," 15 Jan. 2018 Hatton tied for third with Rafa Cabrera Bello, who holed a bunker shot for eagle on the opening hole and was among six players who had at least a share of the lead during the final round. Doug Ferguson, Houston Chronicle, "Phil Mickelson ends longest drought with playoff win in Mexico," 4 Mar. 2018 Day holed a 6-foot birdie putt in the dark on the fifth hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday. USA TODAY, "Jason Day, Alex Noren need another day to decide winner at Torrey Pines," 28 Jan. 2018 DeChambeau, the Tour’s admitted science nerd, is lurking as is 21-year old Aaron Wise, who showed his tenacity by holing a chip shot on the final hole a moment after a swing and miss from thick rough beside the green. Ron Green Jr., charlotteobserver, "‘Strap on.’ Storylines, course are set up for a gripping final round at Quail Hollow | Charlotte Observer," 5 May 2018 Johnson holed medium-length putts for birdies, a few nervy, short putts for par and picked up a bonus when his shot from a front bunker on the par-4 eighth rattled and rolled into the cup. Doug Ferguson, chicagotribune.com, "Dustin Johnson shares lead with three others in a U.S. Open that plays like one," 14 June 2018 On 17, a par-5, Squires barely missed holing a chip from off the green. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Mariemont grad Will Grimmer continues hot summer with Met golf championship," 1 July 2018 Been more confident with it and holed some more putts. Christopher Hanna, courant.com, "J.B. Holmes' Back Nine Play Propels Him To Travelers Championship Contention," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of hole

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for hole

Noun

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-)

Verb

Middle English holen, going back to Old English holian, derivative of hol hole entry 1

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hole

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hole

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an opening into or through something

: a hollow place in the ground

: a place in the ground where an animal lives

hole

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hole (Entry 2 of 2)

golf : to hit (the ball) into the hole

hole

noun
\ˈhōl \

Kids Definition of hole

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

2 : a hollowed out place I dug a hole.

3 : den sense 1, burrow a mouse hole

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