Definitions for Hollow
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Hollow.
a cavity or space in something
"hunger had caused the hollows in their cheeks"
a small valley between mountains
"he built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Appalachians"
a depression hollowed out of solid matter
not solid; having a space or gap or cavity
"a hollow wall"; "a hollow tree"; "hollow cheeks"; "his face became gaunter and more hollow with each year"
as if echoing in a hollow space
"the hollow sound of footsteps in the empty ballroom"
empty, hollow, vacuousverb
devoid of significance or point
"empty promises"; "a hollow victory"; "vacuous comments"
excavate, dig, hollowverb
remove the inner part or the core of
"the mining company wants to excavate the hillside"
hollow, hollow out, core outverb
remove the interior of
"hollow out a tree trunk"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from hole.
It is fortune’s use
To let the wretched man outlive his wealth,
To view with hollow eye and wrinkled brow
An age of poverty. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.
Some search for hollow trees, and fell the woods. Dryden.
He frets, he fumes, he stares, he stamps the ground;
The hollow tow’rs with clamours ring around. Dryden.
The southern wind,
Now by his hollow whistling in the leaves,
Foretels a tempest. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.
Thence issu’d such a blast and hollow roar,
As threaten’d from the hinge to heave the door. Dryden.
Who in want a hollow friend doth try,
Directly seasons him his enemy. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.
Hollow church papists are like the roots of nettles, which themselves sting not; but yet they bear all the stinging leaves. Francis Bacon, Ornam. Ration.
For dignity compos’d, and high exploit;
But all was false and hollow. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ii.
What could be expected from him, but knotty and crooked hollow hearted dealings? James Howell, Vocal Forrest.
The hollow hearted, disaffected,
And close malignants are detected. Hudibras, p. iii.
I’ve heard myself proclaim’d,
And by the happy hollow of a tree
Escap’d the hunt. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
I suppose there is some vault or hollow, or isle, behind the wall, and some passage to it. Francis Bacon, Natural History.
Against the horse’s side his spear
He throws, which trembles with enclosed fear;
Whilst from the hollows of his womb proceed
Groans, not his own. John Denham.
Himself, as in the hollow of his hand,
Holding, obedient to his high command,
The deep abyss. Matthew Prior.
Who art thou, that lately did’st descend
Into this gaping hollow of the earth? William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus.
Upon the barren hollows, high o’ershading
The haunts of savage beasts. Matthew Prior.
A fine genius for gardening thought of forming such an unsightly hollow into so uncommon and agreeable a scene. Addis.
He touched the hollow of his thigh. Gen. xxii. 25.
The little springs and rills are conveyed through little channels into the main hollow of the aqueduct. Joseph Addison, on Italy.
To make hollow; to excavate.
Etymology: from the noun.
Trees, rudely hollow’d, did the waves sustain,
’Ere ships in triumph plow’d the watry plain. John Dryden, Ovid.
Multitudes were employed in the sinking of wells, the digging of trenches, and the hollowing of trees. Spectator.
To shout; to hoot.
This unseen judge will wait, and in your ear
Will hollow rebel, tyrant, murderer. John Dryden, Aurengzebe.
I pass for a disaffected person and a murderer, for no other reason but because I do not hoot and hollow, and make a noise. Joseph Addison, Spectator.
He with his hounds comes hollowing from the stable,
Makes love with nods, and kneels beneath a table. Alexander Pope.
"The Hollow is a single from A Perfect Circles 2000 album Mer de Noms. It serves as the opening track of the album, utilizing layered guitars. "The Hollow" was recorded in the key of B-flat minor and is arranged using a 6/8 time signature. Tim Alexander, drummer from the band Primus plays drums on the album version of the song. The song was remixed for the 2001 single release.
Hollow refers to something that is empty or void on the inside, having a space or cavity within. It can be applied to physical objects like a hollow tree or tube, or metaphorically to abstract concepts such as a hollow promise or hollow victory, implying lack of substance or genuine value.
having an empty space or cavity, natural or artificial, within a solid substance; not solid; excavated in the interior; as, a hollow tree; a hollow sphere
depressed; concave; gaunt; sunken
reverberated from a cavity, or resembling such a sound; deep; muffled; as, a hollow roar
not sincere or faithful; false; deceitful; not sound; as, a hollow heart; a hollow friend
a cavity, natural or artificial; an unfilled space within anything; a hole, a cavern; an excavation; as the hollow of the hand or of a tree
a low spot surrounded by elevations; a depressed part of a surface; a concavity; a channel
to make hollow, as by digging, cutting, or engraving; to excavate
wholly; completely; utterly; -- chiefly after the verb to beat, and often with all; as, this story beats the other all hollow. See All, adv
to shout; to hollo
to urge or call by shouting
Etymology: [See Hollo.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
hol′ō, adj. vacant: not solid: containing an empty space: sunken: unsound: insincere.—n. a hole: a cavity: any depression in a body: any vacuity: a groove: a channel.—v.t. to make a hole in: to make hollow by digging: to excavate.—adv. completely: clean.—adjs. Holl′ow-eyed, having sunken eyes; Holl′ow-heart′ed, having a hollow or untrue heart: faithless: treacherous.—adv. Holl′owly (Shak.), in a hollow or insincere manner.—ns. Holl′owness, the state of being hollow: cavity: insincerity: treachery; Holl′ow-ware, trade name for hollow articles of iron, as pots and kettles.—Beat hollow, to beat wholly. [A.S. holh, a hollow place—hol. See Hole.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The bore of a rocket. In naval architecture, a name for the fifth or top-timber-sweep (which see). Also, hollow or curved leeches of sails, in contradistinction to straight.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hollow is ranked #61436 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Hollow surname appeared 327 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Hollow.
77.3% or 253 total occurrences were White.
13.1% or 43 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
6.4% or 21 total occurrences were Black.
2.4% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
The numerical value of Hollow in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of Hollow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
No mockery in the world ever sounds to me as hollow as that of being told to cultivate happiness Happiness is not a potato, to be planted in mould, and tilled with manure.
Two of them are still going to be used as flues for the massive, modern energy center that we're going to construct to power the place, the third will remain hollow with a glass roof, and the fourth will house a cylindrical glass elevator that will pop out at the top at a viewing platform.
Four snakes gliding up and down a hollow for no purpose that I could see -- not to eat, not for love, but only gliding.
We cannot allow ourselves any hollow structures given the actual security situation.
This should remind us to thank all law enforcement for their unwavering service to protect and serve, may God keep them all in the hollow of his hand.
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Translations for Hollow
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- dutý, dutina, prohlubeň, bezobsažný, prázdnota, nesmyslný, prázdnýCzech
- hul, dyb, huleDanish
- hohl, HöhleGerman
- ψεύτικος, βαθούλωμα, κούφιος, υπόκωφος, κενό, κοίλοςGreek
- sordo, hondonada, hueco, resonante, hundido, depresión, falso, ahuecado, vacíoSpanish
- کاواک, پوک, توخالیPersian
- insignifiant, creux, videFrench
- sloc, falamhScottish Gaelic
- cavo, cavità, incavoItalian
- 空虚, むなしい, 虚ろ, くぼむ, 虚脱感, 中空, 空洞, 窪地, こもる, 空っぽ, 不誠実, ホローJapanese
- cavus, inanis, vacuus, lacusLatin
- huelLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- duobė, dauba, tuščiaviduris, tuščias, įdubaLithuanian
- dobums, tukšsLatvian
- hull, innhul, hol, hul, grop, dypNorwegian
- laagte, hol, leegDutch
- grop, hol, djup, innholNorwegian Nynorsk
- pusty, nizina, głuchy, niecka, pustka, wydrążonyPolish
- vazio, oco, depressão, vãoPortuguese
- полый, пустота, бессодержательный, выемка, яма, пустой, выбоина, впадина, низина, глухой, углублениеRussian
- ihålig, grop, tomSwedish
- డొల్ల, శుష్క, బోలుTelugu
- کھوکھلا, کھوکھلیUrdu
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