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Definition of HOLE

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Hole \Hole\ (h[=o]l), a.
     Whole. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Hole \Hole\ (h[=o]l), n. [OE. hol, hole, AS. hol, hole, cavern, from hol, a., hollow; akin to D. hol, OHG. hol, G. hohl, Dan. huul hollow, hul hole, Sw. h[*a]l, Icel. hola; prob. from the root of AS. helan to conceal. See {Hele}, {Hell}, and cf. {Hold} of a ship.]
     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. [1913 Webster]

              The holes where eyes should be.       --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              The blind walls
              Were full of chinks and holes.        --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

              The priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid.                                  --2 Kings xii.
                                                    9. [1913 Webster]

     2. An excavation in the ground, made by an animal to live in, or a natural cavity inhabited by an animal; hence, a low, narrow, or dark lodging or place; a mean habitation.
        --Dryden.
        [1913 Webster]

              The foxes have holes, . . . but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.            --Luke ix. 58.

     3. (Games)
        (a) A small cavity used in some games, usually one into which a marble or ball is to be played or driven; hence, a score made by playing a marble or ball into such a hole, as in golf. (b) (Fives) At Eton College, England, that part of the floor of the court between the step and the pepperbox. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     Syn: Hollow; concavity; aperture; rent; fissure; crevice; orifice; interstice; perforation; excavation; pit; cave; den; cell. [1913 Webster]

     {Hole and corner}, clandestine, underhand. [Colloq.] "The wretched trickery of hole and corner buffery." --Dickens.

     {Hole board} (Fancy Weaving), a board having holes through which cords pass which lift certain warp threads; -- called also {compass board}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Hole \Hole\, v. t. [AS. holian. See {Hole}, n.]
     1. To cut, dig, or bore a hole or holes in; as, to hole a post for the insertion of rails or bars. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

     2. To drive into a hole, as an animal, or a billiard ball. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Hole \Hole\, v. i.
     To go or get into a hole. --B. Jonson.
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

hole
   n.

      A region in an otherwise {flat} entity which is not actually present. For example, some Unix filesystems can store large files with holes so that unused regions of the file are never actually stored on disk. (In techspeak, these are referred to as ?sparse? files.) As another example, the region of memory in IBM PCs reserved for memory-mapped I/O devices which may not actually be present is called ?the I/O hole?, since memory-management systems must skip over this area when filling user requests for memory.


The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

419 Moby Thesaurus words for "hole":
     Augean stables, Babylon, CAT, Gomorrah, Sodom, abode, abri, abysm, abyss, aerospace, aerosphere, air hole, air pocket, airspace, alveolation, alveolus, antre, antrum, aperture, area, armpit, arroyo, asylum, auger, basement, basin, bearings, bench mark, bind, bite, blemish, blind alley, bolt-hole, booth, bordello, bore, bowl, box, box canyon, breach, break, brig, broach, broaching, brothel, bug, bump, bunker, burrow, cache, cage, canyon, catch, catch-22, cathouse, cave, cavern, cavity, ceiling, cell, cellar, cellarage, cellule, chamber, chap, chasm, check, chimney, chink, clearing, cleft, cleuch, clip joint, clough, coal bin, col, compartment, concave, concavity, concealment, corner, couch, coulee, couloir, countersink, cove, cover, covert, coverture, crack, cranny, crater, crevasse, crevice, crib, crosswind, crypt, cubby, cubbyhole, cul-de-sac, cup, cut, cwm, cyclone cellar, dark corner, dead end, dead-end street, deadlock, deep, defect, defection, deficiency, defile, dell, den, den of iniquity, den of thieves, dent, depression, depth, difficulty, dike, dilemma, dip, disclosure, discontinuity, discrepancy, disrupt, district, ditch, dive, doghouse, donga, donjon, draw, drawback, drill, dugout, dump, dungeon, earth, empierce, emplacement, empty space, enclosed space, error, excavation, extremity, failing, failure, fallacy, fault, faute, favorable wind, fenestra, fissure, fistula, fix, flaw, fleshpots, flume, fog, foible, fold, follicle, fontanel, foramen, form, foxhole, fracture, frailty, front, funk hole, funnel chest, furrow, gap, gape, gash, gat, goal, gore, gorge, gouge, gouge out, grand slam, groove, grot, grotto, gulch, gulf, gully, gyp joint, halt, head wind, hellhole, hiatus, hideaway, hideout, hidey hole, hiding, hiding place, high-pressure area, hit, hold, hole in one, hollow, hollow shell, home run, homer, honeycomb, hot water, hovel, hut, impale, impasse, imperfection, impression, inadequacy, incision, inconsistency, indentation, infirmity, inlet, interstice, interval, ionosphere, jail, jetstream, joint, keep, kink, kloof, lacuna, lair, lance, latitude and longitude, laying open, leak, lieu, little problem, locale, locality, location, locus, lodge, loophole, low-pressure area, manger, mess, mew, mistake, moat, muddle, needle, niche, nook, notch, nullah, open, opening, opening up, orifice, oubliette, outlet, overcast, pass, passage, passageway, penetrate, perforate, perforation, pesthole, pew, pickle, pierce, pigeonhole, pigpen, pigsty, pinch, pink, pinpoint, pit, place, placement, plague spot, playhouse, plight, pocket, point, pore, position, potato cellar, predicament, prick, prison, problem, punch, punch bowl, puncture, ravine, ream, ream out, recess, refuge, region, rent, retreat, riddle, rift, rime, rip, rookery, roughness, run, run through, rupture, sanctuary, scissure, scoop, score, scrape, seam, secret place, sewer, shack, shaft, shanty, shell, shortcoming, sink, sink of corruption, sinus, site, situation, situs, skewer, slam, slit, slot, slum, snag, socket, something missing, soup, space, spear, spike, spit, split, sporting house, spot, stab, stable, stalemate, stall, stand, standstill, stash, stead, stews, stick, stoma, stop, storm cellar, stratosphere, strike, sty, subbasement, substratosphere, subterrane, subway, tail wind, taint, tap, tear, tenement, the slums, throwing open, tight spot, tight squeeze, touchdown, transfix, transpierce, trench, trepan, trephine, tropopause, troposphere, trouble, trough, tumbledown shack, tunnel, turbulence, uncorking, undercovert, unstopping, vacancy, vacuity, vacuum, valley, vault, vent, visibility, visibility zero, void, vug, vulnerable place, wadi, warren, weak link, weak point, weakness, well, whereabout, whereabouts, whorehouse, wine cellar, yawn, yawning abyss


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