hollow out

Definition of hollow out

1 :to remove the inside of (something) :to make an empty space in (something)
  • The kids were hollowing out pumpkins.
  • a hollowed-out log
2 :to form (something) by digging or cutting the inside of something
  • Workers hollowed out a tunnel through the mountain.

Word by Word Definitions

hollow play
  1. : an unfilled space : cavity, hole

  2. : a depressed or low part of a surface

  1. : having an indentation or inward curve : concave, sunken

  2. : having an unfilled or hollowed-out space within

  3. : lacking in real value, sincerity, or substance : false, meaningless

  1. : to remove the inside of : to make hollow (see 2hollow)

  2. : to form by removing the inside of something : to form by making something hollow

  3. : to become hollow

  1. : so as to have a hollow (see 2hollow 4) sound : in a way that reflects a lack of real value, sincerity, or substance

  2. : completely, thoroughly

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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