water hole


: a natural hole or hollow containing water
: a hole in a surface of ice

Examples of water hole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For their experiment, the team placed camera traps and loudspeakers at water holes in the national park, which allowed the researchers to influence and record the behavior of a total of 19 mammal species. Daniel Lingenhöhl, Scientific American, 18 Oct. 2023 By managing heat, humans were able to go farther from water holes, begin long‑distance travel, and expand their hunting range. Jeff Goodell, Time, 6 July 2023 The right water hole, near a feed field with bare banks and maybe a dead tree or two nearby, can be a great place to sit in the last hour of daylight before doves go to roost. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 4 May 2023 The hotel has two spiral metallic stairs, one at the front and another at the back which faces what used to be a water hole for wild animals. Faustine Ngila, Quartz, 12 Sep. 2022 Strickland picks up Wilson on his motorcycle to go swimming at an Austin water hole and then get food. Fox News, 2 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of water hole was in 1653

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“Water hole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20hole. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

water hole

: a natural hole or hollow containing water especially for drinking

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