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hole

noun \ ˈhōl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of hole

1 a :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)
3 a :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 a 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 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 a :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

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.

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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


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hole

verb

Definition of hole

holed; holing
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 1hole) 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

Examples of hole in a Sentence

  1. She holed a long putt for a birdie.

  2. holed the target with a round of shots

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Origin and Etymology of hole

see 1hole

hole Synonyms



HOLE Defined for English Language Learners

hole

noun

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


hole

verb

Definition of hole for English Language Learners

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


HOLE Defined for Kids

hole

noun \ ˈhōl \

Definition of hole for Students

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 1, burrow
  • a mouse hole


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