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hole definition

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This page has 59 definitions of hole with English translations in 7 languages. Hole is a noun, verb, an adjective and adverb. Examples of how to use hole in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: Hole, holé, and hòle

English hole definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English hole, hol, from Old English hol (orifice, hollow place, cavity), from Proto-West Germanic *hol, from Proto-Germanic *hulą (hollow space, cavity) noun derivative of Proto-Germanic *hulaz (hollow).

Noun

hole (plural holes)

  1. A hollow place or cavity; an excavation; a pit; an opening in or through a solid body, a fabric, etc.; a perforation; a rent; a fissure.
    There’s a hole in my shoe.  Her stocking has a hole in it.
    1. An opening in a solid.
      There’s a hole in my bucket.
  2. (heading) In games.
    1. (golf) A subsurface standard-size hole, also called cup, hitting the ball into which is the object of play. Each hole, of which there are usually eighteen as the standard on a full course, is located on a prepared surface, called the green, of a particular type grass.
    2. (golf) The part of a game in which a player attempts to hit the ball into one of the holes.
      I played 18 holes yesterday.  The second hole today cost me three strokes over par.
    3. (baseball) The rear portion of the defensive team between the shortstop and the third baseman.
      The shortstop ranged deep into the hole to make the stop.
    4. (chess) A square on the board, with some positional significance, that a player does not, and cannot in future, control with a friendly pawn.
    5. (stud poker) A card (also called a hole card) dealt face down thus unknown to all but its holder; the status in which such a card is.
    6. In the game of fives, part of the floor of the court between the step and the pepperbox.
  3. (archaeology, slang) An excavation pit or trench.
  4. (figuratively) A weakness; a flaw or ambiguity.
    I have found a hole in your argument.
    • 2011, Fun - We Are Young
      But between the drinks and subtle things / The holes in my apologies, you know / I’m trying hard to take it back
  5. (informal) A container or receptacle.
    car hole;  brain hole
  6. (physics) In semiconductors, a lack of an electron in an occupied band behaving like a positively charged particle.
  7. (computing) A security vulnerability in software which can be taken advantage of by an exploit.
  8. (slang, anatomy) An orifice, in particular the anus. When used with shut it always refers to the mouth.
    Just shut your hole!
  9. (Ireland, Scotland, particularly in the phrase "get one's hole") Sex, or a sex partner.
    Are you going out to get your hole tonight?
  10. (informal, with "the") Solitary confinement, a high-security prison cell often used as punishment.
    Synonym: box
    • 2011, Ahmariah Jackson, IAtomic Seven, Locked Up but Not Locked Down
      Disciplinary actions can range from a mere write up to serious time in the hole.
  11. (slang) An undesirable place to live or visit; a hovel.
    His apartment is a hole!
  12. (figuratively) Difficulty, in particular, debt.
    If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
  13. (graph theory) A chordless cycle in a graph.
  14. (slang, rail transport) A passing loop; a siding provided for trains traveling in opposite directions on a single-track line to pass each other.
    We’re supposed to take the hole at Cronk and wait for the Limited to pass.
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Verb

hole (third-person singular simple present holes, present participle holing, simple past and past participle holed)

  1. (transitive) To make holes in (an object or surface).
    Shrapnel holed the ship's hull.
  2. (transitive, by extension) To destroy.
    She completely holed the argument.
  3. (intransitive) To go into a hole.
    • 1631, Ben Jonson, The Staple of News, Act IV, scene ii:
      Good master Picklock, with your worming brain,
      And wriggling engine-head of maintenance,
      Which I shall see you hole with very shortly!
      A fine round head, when those two lugs are off,
      To trundle through a pillory!
  4. (transitive) To drive into a hole, as an animal, or a billiard ball or golf ball.
    • 1799, Sporting Magazine (volume 13, page 49)
      If the player holes the red ball, he scores three, and upon holing his adversary's ball, he gains two; and thus it frequently happens, that seven are got upon a single stroke, by caramboling and holing both balls.
    Woods holed a standard three foot putt
  5. (transitive) To cut, dig, or bore a hole or holes in.
    to hole a post for the insertion of rails or bars
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Etymology 2

Adjective

hole (comparative holer or more hole, superlative holest or most hole)

  1. Obsolete form of whole.
    • 1843, Sir George Webbe Dasent (translator), A grammar of the Icelandic or Old Norse tongue (originally by Rasmus Christian Rask)
      Such was the arrangement of the alphabet over the hole North.

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Czech hole definition

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Noun

hole

  1. inflection of hůl:
    1. genitive singular
    2. nominative/accusative/vocative plural

Verb

hole

  1. masculine singular present transgressive of holit

German hole definition

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Verb

hole

  1. inflection of holen:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. first/third-person singular subjunctive I
    3. singular imperative

Hausa hole definition

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Verb

hōlḕ (grade 4)

  1. to relax, to enjoy oneself

Middle English hole definition

Etymology 1

From Old English hāl

Adjective

hole

  1. healthy
  2. safe
  3. whole, complete, full
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Adverb

hole

  1. wholly
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Noun

hole (plural holes)

  1. whole, entirety
  2. health
  3. remedy, cure
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Etymology 2

From Old English hol

Noun

hole (plural holes or holen)

  1. hole
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Etymology 3

From Old English hulu; see hull for more.

Noun

hole (plural holes)

  1. hull (outer covering of a fruit or seed)
  2. hut, shelter
  3. hull (of a ship)
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Etymology 4

Verb

hole

  1. past participle of helen (to cover)
    Synonym: heled
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  • holn

Etymology 5

Adjective

hole

  1. Alternative form of hol (hollow)

Etymology 6

Noun

hole (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of oile (oil)

Etymology 7

Noun

hole (plural holen)

  1. Alternative form of oule (owl)

Etymology 8

Adjective

hole

  1. Alternative form of holy (holy)

Norwegian Bokmål hole definition

Etymology

From Old Norse hola

Noun

hole f or m (definite singular hola or holen, indefinite plural holer, definite plural holene)

  1. alternative form of hule

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Norwegian Nynorsk hole definition

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From Old Norse hola

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Noun

hole f (definite singular hola, indefinite plural holer, definite plural holene)

  1. a cave
  2. a cavity (anatomy)
  3. a den

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Pennsylvania German hole definition

Etymology

From Middle High German holen, from Old High German holon, from Proto-Germanic *hulōną (to fetch). Compare German holen, Dutch halen. Related to English haul.

Verb

hole

  1. to fetch

Slovak hole definition

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Noun

hole f

  1. genitive singular of hoľa

Sotho hole definition

Noun

hole 17 (uncountable)

  1. far away