Meaning of HOLLOW in English

I. adjective


a false/empty/hollow promise (= one that will not be kept )

I didn’t make any false promises.




Even with all this, the hollow cheeks , the scalp withered, you could still see how handsome Hugh had been.

White-faced, with a three-day-old beard, hollow cheeks and staring eyes, Sikes looked like a ghost.

Its flame showed up her hollow cheeks , the haunted eyes.


But the famous Bongs! will have a hollow ring for millions of soccer fans anxiously waiting for news of their teams.

It resembles a hollow ring of land surrounded by scattered archipelagos.

The thought had a hollow ring to it.


For those widowed or bereaved in other ways, victory must have had a hollow sound .

The hollow sound of the key in the lock.

The hollow sound was the beginning of the game, not the end.

The hollow sounds of doors banging and footsteps receding echoed in her ears as she stepped inside the sparsely furnished room.

But within a couple of pages, it's back to the hollow sound of random jottings.


They left messages in a hollow tree on Seacroft estate.

A half-dozen anonymous workers scout ahead to check possible hive locations in hollow trees or wall cavities.

Bats roost naturally both in caves and hollow trees .

Those seen in the spring will have hibernated over the winter in garden sheds or hollow trees .

Whatever happened to Shurll, Jane wondered - did she go and live in a hollow tree ?

Like nearly all the other forty-five species, they nest in hollow trees .

Not a single bird sings in the dry, hollow trees .


Rear Suspension - Two transverse torsion bars are located within a hollow tube and operated by trailing arms.

The tip of this hollow tube is guided up into the internal carotid.

Filled with small seeds, the hollow tube becomes a rattle.

In fact its feathered section is a hollow tube .


If he had been absent I would have looked upon it as something of a hollow victory .

He thought how sorry he felt for Grover, stuck with his hollow victories .


ring hollow

His assurances that things will change rang hollow.

Apart from a bit of woodworm, the beam seemed solid enough, but the panel rang hollow.

But its claim to have performed better than the Communist party did in 1950 rings hollow.

But once the events began, his image rang hollow for some.

Such events will ring hollow if they are not markers for some-thing larger and deeper that is going on in the school.

Summerchild taps on the hardboard divisions to demonstrate their solidity and stops at once when they ring hollow.

The Republicans put on an intimidating show, as they always intended, but it somehow rang hollow.

Their footsteps rang hollow in the register office like a bad comic going off stage.

These arguments ring hollow because they misunderstand the mode of responsibility in question.


hollow threats

The bread should sound hollow when you tap the bottom.

The walls are made of hollow concrete blocks.


A well-shaped grey head leaned to peer at her out of concerned hollow eyes, whose colour she could not determine.

After all, the only connections between the two were a metal chain and a hollow rubber tube.

But there was something hollow about the whole experience.

But they sounded more hollow than they had done a year earlier, and were certainly less widespread.

How can I insulate the hollow door?

The hollow eyes on the pillow were filling with tears.

II. noun


Fill the hollow with the cream cheese mixture.


Down in this hollow the sky seemed darker, the wind colder.

He built a corral in a hollow across the river and made two small ponies from mud.

His hands whispered over her, light as silk, seeking out every pale hollow and rounded slope.

If the resultant hollow in the neck is really severe it might require a form of heat treatment to rectify the situation.

Nearly all the men in the hollow were wounded, one man frightfully so, his arm being cut short off.

Springs had erupted in every hollow , and every path was a rivulet.

III. verb


Are you aware of how we kill and hollow out your relatives?

Ask a grown-up to help you hollow out the centre of the carrot.

Some horses are naturally more sensitive than others and the rider's weight causes them to hollow and stiffen.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.