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hollow

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noun hol·low \ˈhä-(ˌ)lō\

Definition of hollow

  1. 1 :  an unfilled space :  cavity, hole <in the hollow of a tree>

  2. 2 :  a depressed or low part of a surface; especially :  a small valley or basin

Examples of hollow in a sentence

  1. The owls nested in the hollow of a tree.

  2. <made a little hollow in her mound of mashed potatoes and filled it with gravy>

Origin and Etymology of hollow

Middle English holw, holh, from Old English holh hole, hollow — more at hole


First Known Use: before 12th century


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hollow

adjective hol·low

Definition of hollow

hollower

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hollowest

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  1. 1 :  having an indentation or inward curve :  concave, sunken <hollow cheeks>

  2. 2 :  having an unfilled or hollowed-out space within <a hollow tree>

  3. 3 :  lacking in real value, sincerity, or substance :  false, meaningless <hollow promises> <a victory over a weakling is hollow and without triumph — Ernest Beaglehole>

  4. 4 :  reverberating like a sound made in or by beating on a large empty enclosure :  muffled <heard a hollow sound when he knocked on the wall>

hollowly

play \ˈhä-lō-lē, -lə-lē\ adverb

hollowness

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Examples of hollow in a sentence

  1. There was a hollow spot in the field.

  2. <there's a noticeably hollow spot in the mattress where he has been sleeping>

Origin and Etymology of hollow

Middle English holw, holh, from holh hole —see 1hollow


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of hollow

vain, nugatory, otiose, idle, empty, hollow mean being without worth or significance. vain implies either absolute or relative absence of value <vain promises>. nugatory suggests triviality or insignificance <a monarch with nugatory powers>. otiose suggests that something serves no purpose and is either an encumbrance or a superfluity <a film without a single otiose scene>. idle suggests being incapable of worthwhile use or effect <idle speculations>. empty and hollow suggest a deceiving lack of real substance or soundness or genuineness <an empty attempt at reconciliation> <a hollow victory>.

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hollow

verb hol·low

Definition of hollow

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to remove the inside of :  to make hollow (see 2hollow) <a hollowed tree> <hollowing out pumpkins for Halloween>

  3. 2 :  to form by removing the inside of something :  to form by making something hollow —usually used with out <rain barrels hollowed out from trees — Robert Shaplen> <hollowing out a tunnel>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become hollow <his cheeks had hollowed>

Examples of hollow in a sentence

  1. They hollowed the log to make a canoe.

Origin and Etymology of hollow

see 1hollow


First Known Use: 15th century


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hollow

adverb hol·low

Definition of hollow

  1. 1 :  so as to have a hollow (see 2hollow 4) sound <The sound echoed hollow in the cave.> :  in a way that reflects a lack of real value, sincerity, or substance <Their threats rang hollow.>

  2. 2 :  completely, thoroughly <an ongoing story that has the old cowboy-and-Indians genre beat hollow — Barbara Bannon> —often used with all

Origin and Etymology of hollow

see 1hollow


First Known Use: 1601



HOLLOW Defined for English Language Learners

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hollow

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noun hol·low \ˈhä-(ˌ)lō\

Definition of hollow for English Language Learners

  • : a place or area (especially on the ground) that is lower than the area around it

  • : an empty space inside of something


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hollow

adjective hol·low

Definition of hollow for English Language Learners

  • : having nothing inside : not solid

  • : curved inward or down

  • : not having real value or meaning


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hollow

verb hol·low

Definition of hollow for English Language Learners

  • : to remove the inside of (something)


HOLLOW Defined for Kids

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hollow

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adjective hol·low \ˈhä-lō\

Definition of hollow for Students

hollower

hollowest

  1. 1 :  having a space inside :  not solid <a hollow chocolate egg>

  2. 2 :  curved inward :  sunken <hollow cheeks>

  3. 3 :  suggesting a sound made in an empty place <a hollow roar>

  4. 4 :  not sincere <a hollow promise>

hollowly

adverb

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hollow

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noun hol·low

Definition of hollow for Students

  1. 1 :  a low spot in a surface <Circling around through the flats, I came to the hollow above the Pritchards' place. — Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows>

  2. 2 :  a small valley

  3. 3 :  an empty space within something <Owls live in the hollow of the tree.>


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hollow

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verb hol·low

Definition of hollow for Students

hollowed

hollowing

  1. :  to make or become hollow <The canoe was made by hollowing out a log.>


Medical Dictionary

hollow

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noun hol·low \ˈhäl-(ˌ)ō, -ə(-w)\

Medical Definition of hollow

  1. :  a depressed part of a surface or a concavity <the hollow at the back of the knee>



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