hole

noun
\ ˈhōl How to pronounce hole (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The pumps and tanks have been removed; the canopy dark and riddled with holes. Tony Rehagen, BostonGlobe.com, "Farewell to hot dog rollers and roadside chats: an elegy for the American gas station," 11 July 2019 Every hot Houston summer calls for the restorative powers of a cool swimming pool, but not everyone has access to a watering hole. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Houstonians can now rent a private swimming pool by the hour," 11 July 2019 Guests also can get active with disc golf, kayak and paddleboard rentals, and 18 holes of golf. Carla Jean Whitley, al.com, "Plan your next weekend lake trip with this handy guide," 10 July 2019 Mantle and other players devised elaborate ways of spying on women, including drilling holes in dugout walls and crawling across rooftops to peep through hotel windows. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Jim Bouton, baseball pitcher whose ‘Ball Four’ gave irreverent peek inside the game, dies at 80," 10 July 2019 Salinda trailed by four after the back nine in the quarterfinals, then ripped off a stretch of seven wins over eight holes to claim a 3&1 triumph. Vytas Mazeika, The Mercury News, "Stanford coach Conrad Ray voice for college golf on SiriusXM," 10 July 2019 Leatherwood, the latest mauling Alabama offensive lineman, helped open holes for the Tide’s dominant running game last season as a right guard. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Top 100 College Football Players of 2019: Nos. 50–26," 10 July 2019 Those trees were here when there was concrete below, concrete and four baskets, the old-fashioned kind, with holes punctured into the backboard to soften the ball’s bounce against the steel. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Home to McGinnis, Mount and the greatest pick-up basketball in Indiana," 10 July 2019 Nishikori's lasers earned the seventh seed a quick 2-0 advantage and Federer escaped from 0-40 to avoid a 3-0 hole. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Roger Federer to face Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon semifinal," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In particular, Scheyd points to hole No. 2 as one that sets up nicely for left-handed players. Kevin Vellturo, courant.com, "Does the Travelers Championship course set up better for left-handed players?," 14 June 2019 Sylvie Rosokoff Shahd Faisal Khidir cannot be easily pigeon-holed into a stereotype. Daisy Melamed Sanders, Marie Claire, "How Hijabi Blogger Shahd Faisal Khidir Silences Nastiness From Trolls," 6 June 2019 Schauffele, who keeps showing up in golf’s biggest events, holed a 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th to join Fowler at 66. Doug Ferguson, The Denver Post, "Rickie Fowler and the USGA off to a good start at U.S. Open," 13 June 2019 The latest guys to get one are Hideki Matsuyama, who holed a pitch on the par-5 14th, and Ryan Sullivan, who did the same. The Si Staff, SI.com, "2019 U.S. Open Live Blog: Tracking Tiger, Koepka and Round One Leaders at Pebble," 13 June 2019 Where to Eat and Drink There is no shortage of mouthwatering delights in Salesas, from lip-smacking pastries to hole-in-the-wall tapas bars. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Plan a Summer Stay in Salesas, Madrid’s Smallest Neighborhood," 25 May 2019 The picture of a fashion designer holed away, furiously sketching in remote solitude is over—well, at Paco Rabanne, at least. Amanda Brooks, Vogue, "The Magical Making of Paco Rabanne’s 144-Hour Crystal Dress," 12 Mar. 2019 Schauffele, the PGA Tour rookie of the year last season, holed a 30-foot putt from behind the 18th green for a 67. Doug Ferguson, Fox News, "Spieth part of 3-way tie for British lead as Woods lurks," 21 July 2018 The sudden freedom to leave the flagstick in has left golfers pondering whether doing so would increase their likelihood of holing putts. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Golf’s New Conundrum: Flagstick In or Out?," 24 Jan. 2019

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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 How to pronounce hole (audio) \

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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