white hole

noun

Definition of white hole

: a hypothetical extremely dense celestial object that radiates enormous amounts of energy and matter — compare black hole sense 1

Examples of white hole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Smart governments and businesses are constantly creating and destroying white holes and black holes. Rajesh Kasturirangan, Quartz India, "Authoritarian regimes are using algorithms to control minds and power," 3 Oct. 2019 Michael, the archangel, and also the teacher who’d taught me about white holes, the opposite of black holes, where disappeared matter emerges into another dimension. Cyrus Grace Dunham, The New Yorker, "A Year Without a Name," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of white hole

1971, in the meaning defined above

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“White hole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20hole. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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