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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
18-hole/9-hole golf
▪ Facilities include an 18-hole golf course.
18-hole/9-hole golf
▪ Facilities include an 18-hole golf course.
a bullet hole
▪ There were two bullet holes in the windscreen.
black hole
▪ I’m worried that the project could become a financial black hole.
▪ The first shot missed and blasted a hole in the far wall.
coal hole
dig a hole/trench/grave etc
▪ They dig a small hole in the sand to bury their eggs.
fill a gap/hole/niche etc
▪ I spent most of the summer filling the gaps in my education.
▪ The company has moved quickly to fill the niche in the overnight travel market.
make a hole/dent/mark etc
▪ Make a hole in the paper.
▪ The cup has made a mark on the table.
nineteenth hole
pierce a hole in/through sth
▪ Pierce small holes in the base of the pot with a hot needle.
▪ These bullets can punch a hole through 20 mm steel plate.
tear a hole in sth
▪ She caught her shawl on a nail and tore a hole in it.
watering hole
▪ What’s your favorite watering hole?
worn a hole
▪ You’ve worn a hole in your sock.
yawning gap/hole etc
▪ the yawning gap between the two cliffs
a square peg in a round hole
ace in the hole
burn a hole in your pocket
▪ Don't wait until the money's burning a hole in your pocket, plan ahead.
dig a hole for yourself
▪ The mayor dug himself into a hole when he promised 3000 new jobs.
dig sb out of trouble/a mess/a hole etc
knock a hole in/through sth
need sth like a hole in the head
pick a hole in sth
pick holes in sth
▪ I had no trouble picking holes in her theory.
poke a hole
poke holes in sth
punch holes in sb's argument/idea/plans etc
riddled with holes
▪ The old table was riddled with holes.
▪ The ship returned from the war-zone riddled with bullet holes.
the nineteenth hole
▪ a bullet hole
▪ A fox had dug a hole under our garden fence.
▪ A shaft of light came in through a hole in the corrugated iron roof.
▪ Construction workers have to dig a thousand foot hole before work can start on the tunnel.
▪ I can't wear my green shirt -- it has a hole in it.
▪ I have to get out of this hole.
▪ Make a hole in the bottom of each plant pot to let the water drain out.
▪ She stuck her finger through the hole.
▪ The aim is to get the ball in a hole in the ground.
▪ The old mineshaft had left a deep hole, dangerous to both people and livestock.
▪ The sheet was ancient and full of holes.
▪ There are holes in the ozone layer above Antarctica.
▪ They stared at the gaping hole in the wall.
▪ Troy looked through a hole in the fence at the garden next door.
▪ Water trickled in through the hole in the roof.
▪ We made a small hole in the earth, just deep enough to cover the roots of the plant.
▪ Then he made his third three at the seventh, playing a nine-iron to four feet and holing the putt.
a square peg in a round hole
ace in the hole
riddled with holes
▪ The old table was riddled with holes.
▪ The ship returned from the war-zone riddled with bullet holes.
the nineteenth hole
▪ After holing up for the winter of 2512 the horde descended into the eastern provinces of the Empire.
▪ Even that record has now gone, Sluman holing in one.
▪ That was until Norman Tebbit spotted what he believed was the biggest chance of holing the impenetrable protective layer around the bill.
▪ Then he made his third three at the seventh, playing a nine-iron to four feet and holing the putt.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

  2. To drive into a hole, as an animal, or a billiard ball.


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


Hole \Hole\ (h[=o]l), a. Whole. [Obs.]


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.

    The holes where eyes should be.

    The blind walls Were full of chinks and holes.

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

  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.

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

  3. (Games)

    1. 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.

    2. (Fives) At Eton College, England, that part of the floor of the court between the step and the pepperbox.

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

      Hole and corner, clandestine, underhand. [Colloq.] ``The wretched trickery of hole and corner buffery.''

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

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to make a hole," Old English holian "to hollow out, scoop out" (see hole (n.)). Related: Holed; holing.


Old English hol "orifice, hollow place, cave, perforation," from Proto-Germanic *hul (cognates: Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German hol, Middle Dutch hool, Old Norse holr, German hohl "hollow," Gothic us-hulon "to hollow out"), from PIE root *kel- (2) "to cover, conceal" (see cell).\n

\nAs a contemptuous word for "small dingy lodging or abode" it is attested from 1610s. Meaning "a fix, scrape, mess" is from 1760. Obscene slang use for "vulva" is implied from mid-14c. Hole in the wall "small and unpretentious place" is from 1822; to hole up first recorded 1875. To need (something) like a hole in the head, applied to something useless or detrimental, first recorded 1944 in entertainment publications, probably a translation of a Yiddish expression such as ich darf es vi a loch in kop.


n. 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. 2 #An opening in a solid. 3 (lb en heading) ''In games.'' 4 #(lb en 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. 5 #(lb en golf) The part of a game in which a player attempts to hit the ball into one of the holes. 6 #(lb en baseball) The rear portion of the defensive team between the shortstop and the third baseman. 7 #(lb en chess) A square on the board, with some positional significance, that a player does not, and cannot in future, control with a friendly pawn. 8 #(lb en 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. 9 # In the game of fives, part of the floor of the court between the step and the pepperbox. 10 (lb en archaeology slang) An excavation pit or trench. 11 (lb en figuratively) A weakness, a flaw 12 (lb en informal) A container or receptacle. 13 (lb en physics) In semiconductors, a lack of an electron in an occupied band behaving like a positively charged particle. 14 (lb en computing) A security vulnerability in software which can be taken advantage of by an exploit. 15 (lb en slang anatomy) An orifice, in particular the anus. 16 (context Ireland idiomatic English) sex, or a sex partner (context particularly in the phrase, "get one's hole") English) 17 (lb en informal with “the”) solitary confinement, a high-security prison cell often used as punishment. 18 (lb en slang) An undesirable place to live or visit; a hovel. 19 (lb en figurative) Difficulty, in particular, debt. 20 (cx graph theory English) A chordless cycle in a graph. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To make holes in (an object or surface). 2 (context transitive by extension English) To destroy. 3 To go or get into a hole. 4 (context transitive English) To cut, dig, or bore a hole or holes in. 5 (context transitive English) To drive into a hole, as an animal, or a billiard ball or golf ball. 6 (en-simple past of: hele)

  1. v. hit the ball into the hole [syn: hole out]

  2. make holes in

  1. n. an opening into or through something

  2. an opening deliberately made in or through something

  3. one playing period (from tee to green) on a golf course; "he played 18 holes" [syn: golf hole]

  4. an unoccupied space

  5. a depression hollowed out of solid matter [syn: hollow]

  6. a fault; "he shot holes in my argument"

  7. informal terms for a difficult situation; "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage" [syn: fix, jam, mess, muddle, pickle, kettle of fish]

  8. informal terms for the mouth [syn: trap, cakehole, maw, yap, gob]


In E. coli and other bacteria, holE is a gene that encodes the theta subunit of DNA polymerase III.

Hole (Foetus album)

Hole is a Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel album released in September 1984. It was the first Foetus material released by Self Immolation through Some Bizzare. In 1995, Hole was given a US re-release by Thirsty Ear.

Hole is Self Immolation #WOMB FDL 3.

Hole (EP)

Hole is an EP by the Sheffield, UK, instrumental post-rock band 65daysofstatic, released on 14 March 2005 on Monotreme Records. The title track is taken from their album The Fall of Math.

Hole (Bottom)

"Hole" is the first episode of the third series of British television sitcom, Bottom. It was first broadcast on 6 January 1995. It is the last of only three episodes (along with Culture and Contest) to feature only the two main characters, however it is the only one of the three to be set entirely outside of the flat. It is also a single-scene real-time episode

Hole (Merzbow album)

Hole is an album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow. It is a limited edition of 500 copies, 200 of which were only available for sale in Japan. 50 copies only available through Soleilmoon mailorder, and included an additional card and came wrapped in paper.

The title "Krafft-Ebbings Dick" refers to the early German sexologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing (with one b). " Krautrock #1" was recorded live in Germany, the title refers to the genre of music.

Hole (surname)

Hole is a surname. Notable individuals with the surname include:

Hole (American football)

A hole in American football is a space in between the defensive linemen, through which the running back aims to run. It is also known as a running lane. These can be predesignated holes defined by the spacing between players before the snap, or they can be established by moving players around and establishing the holes after the snap (in a play called a run-to-daylight).

Hole (band)

Hole was an American alternative rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1989 by singer and guitarist Courtney Love and lead guitarist Eric Erlandson. The band had a revolving line-up of bassists and drummers, their most prolific being drummer Patty Schemel, and bassists Kristen Pfaff (d. 1994) and Melissa Auf der Maur. Hole went on to become one of the most commercially successful female-fronted rock bands of all time, selling over three million records in the United States alone.

Initially prolific in Los Angeles' punk rock scene, the band collaborated with Kim Gordon for their critically acclaimed debut album, Pretty on the Inside (1991), following it with the more commercially viable Live Through This (1994), which was widely acclaimed and reached platinum status within a year of its release. With Love's lyrics explicitly discussing issues of body image, identity, and sexual exploitation, Hole became the most high-profile musical group of the 1990s to discuss feminist issues in their songs, and also gained considerable media coverage due to Love's reckless and disturbing live performances. Their third release, the more polished Celebrity Skin (1998), garnered them four Grammy nominations. In 2002 the group disbanded to pursue other projects.

In 2009, Hole was reformed by Love with new members, despite Erlandson's claim that the reformation breached a mutual contract he had with Love; the reformed band released the album Nobody's Daughter (2010). In 2014, Love confirmed in interviews with BBC and Pitchfork that she was writing new material and that a reunion with the band's previous members had future potential, though the date was indeterminate. In an April 2016 interview, Auf der Maur shed further light on the ongoing reunion talks, saying that while she no longer had the time or interest to record new material with Hole, she was hopeful the band could come together one more time to compile "a proper, immersive retrospective that would include demos, outtakes, live recordings, video and photos."

Usage examples of "hole".

In our space-time, the acausal eschaton particle is always in the future, rather like the singularity inside a black hole.

For instance, as dust and gas from the outer layers of nearby ordinary stars fall toward the event horizon of a black hole, they are accelerated to nearly the speed of light.

Instinctively we fall flat on our stomachs and wait for the hail of stones which tear a few holes in our aerofoil, but we are unscathed.

It will set afire any flammable material around the hole that it punches, including human fat.

Some of the characters in my tale are present in the Void Which Bind largely as scars, holes, vacancies -- the Nemes creatures are such vacuums, as are Councillor Albedo and the other Core entities -- but I was able to track some of the movements and actions of these beings simply by the movement of that vacancy through the matrix of sentient emotion that was the Void, much as one would see the outline of an invisible man in a hard rain.

Spilled coals were scattered across the paving slabs and atop the rumpled velvet, burning holes in the rich pile, and the glass alembic was now a jagged splash of greenish shards.

Simon had pulled loose and passed down several tiles and made a hole in the roof large enough for him and Amity to climb through.

Within only a few seconds, at least a ton of the amorphous flesh had spewed out of the hole.

When they anchored in the deepest part of the channel, Hal dropped a hand line over the side, the hooks baited with crabs they had taken from their holes on the sandy beach.

Then Angekok looked at me and his eyes were like holes cut in a mask of rawhide.

Take up one of the large flagstones behind the annealing oven, and dig a hole underneath it in the ground.

They could clearly see the Sagittarian arm, the companion spiral arm to their Aquarian home, arcing off to one side, and there in Leo lay the center of the galaxy, hidden by clouds of stars, with somewhere beating in its midst the great black hole round which the whole thing spins.

His voice crackled, screeched like a powered metal-cutter, as if it had been enhanced, his mouth a black hole, the painting of a scream of rage and pain.

The cheese - cloth gag got a hole bitten through it as Asey went at the remaining knots with everything he had.

But today was market day down in Aspic Hole, and the pungent slick of dung-smell and rot that rolled over New Crobuzon was, in these streets, for these hours, improved with paprika and fresh tomato, hot oil and fish and cinnamon, cured meat, banana and onion.