Meaning of HOLLOW in English

HOLLOW

transcription, транскрипция: [ hɒloʊ ]

( hollows, hollowing, hollowed)

1.

Something that is hollow has a space inside it, as opposed to being solid all the way through.

...a hollow tree.

...a hollow cylinder.

ADJ

2.

A surface that is hollow curves inwards.

He looked young, dark and sharp-featured, with hollow cheeks.

ADJ

3.

A hollow is a hole inside a tree.

I made my home there, in the hollow of a dying elm.

N-COUNT

4.

A hollow is an area that is lower than the surrounding surface.

Below him the town lay warm in the hollow of the hill.

N-COUNT : oft N of/in/between n

5.

If you describe a statement, situation, or person as hollow , you mean they have no real value, worth, or effectiveness.

Any threat to bring in the police is a hollow one.

ADJ : usu ADJ n

• hol‧low‧ness

One month before the deadline we see the hollowness of these promises.

N-UNCOUNT : oft N of/behind n

6.

If someone gives a hollow laugh, they laugh in a way that shows that they do not really find something amusing.

Murray Pick’s hollow laugh had no mirth in it.

ADJ : ADJ n

7.

A hollow sound is dull and echoing.

...the hollow sound of a gunshot.

ADJ : ADJ n

8.

If something is hollowed , its surface is made to curve inwards or downwards.

The mule’s back was hollowed by the weight of its burden.

...her high, elegantly hollowed cheekbones.

VERB : usu passive , be V-ed , V-ed

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