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

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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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