— holeless , adj. — holey , adj.
/hohl/ , n. , v. , holed, holing .
1. an opening through something; gap; aperture: a hole in the roof; a hole in my sock.
2. a hollow place in a solid body or mass; a cavity: a hole in the ground.
3. the excavated habitation of an animal; burrow.
4. a small, dingy, or shabby place: I couldn't live in a hole like that.
5. a place of solitary confinement; dungeon.
6. an embarrassing position or predicament: to find oneself in a hole.
7. a cove or small harbor.
8. a fault or flaw: They found serious holes in his reasoning.
9. a deep, still place in a stream: a swimming hole.
a. a small cavity, into which a marble, ball, or the like is to be played.
b. a score made by so playing.
a. the circular opening in a green into which the ball is to be played.
b. a part of a golf course from a tee to the hole corresponding to it, including fairway, rough, and hazards.
c. the number of strokes taken to hit the ball from a tee into the hole corresponding to it.
12. Informal. opening; slot: The radio program was scheduled for the P.M. hole. We need an experienced person to fill a hole in our accounting department.
13. Metalworking. (in wire drawing) one reduction of a section.
14. Electronics. a mobile vacancy in the electronic structure of a semiconductor that acts as a positive charge carrier and has equivalent mass.
15. Aeron. an air pocket that causes a plane or other aircraft to drop suddenly.
16. burn a hole in one's pocket , to urge one to spend money quickly: His inheritance was burning a hole in his pocket.
17. hole in the wall , a small or confining place, esp. one that is dingy, shabby, or out-of-the-way: Their first shop was a real hole in the wall.
18. in a or the hole ,
a. in debt; in straitened circumstances: After Christmas I am always in the hole for at least a month.
b. Baseball , Softball. pitching or batting with the count of balls or balls and strikes to one's disadvantage, esp. batting with a count of two strikes and one ball or none.
c. Stud Poker. being the card or one of the cards dealt face down in the first round: a king in the hole.
19. make a hole in , to take a large part of: A large bill from the dentist made a hole in her savings.
20. pick a hole or holes in , to find a fault or flaw in: As soon as I presented my argument, he began to pick holes in it.
21. to make a hole or holes in.
22. to put or drive into a hole.
23. Golf. to hit the ball into (a hole).
24. to bore (a tunnel, passage, etc.).
25. to make a hole or holes.
26. hole out , Golf. to strike the ball into a hole: He holed out in five, one over par.
27. hole up ,
a. to go into a hole; retire for the winter, as a hibernating animal.
b. to hide, as from pursuers, the police, etc.: The police think the bank robbers are holed up in Chicago.
[ bef. 900; ME; OE hol hole, cave, orig. neut. of hol (adj.) HOLLOW; c. G hohl hollow ]
Syn. 1, 2. pit, hollow, concavity. HOLE, CAVITY, EXCAVATION refer to a hollow place in anything. HOLE is the common word for this idea: a hole in turf. CAVITY is a more formal or scientific term for a hollow within the body or in a substance, whether with or without a passage outward: a cavity in a tooth; the cranial cavity. An EXCAVATION is an extended hole made by digging out or removing material: an excavation before the construction of a building. 3. den, cave; lair, retreat. 4. hovel, shack.