What does hole mean?

Definitions for hole

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. holenoun

    an opening into or through something

  2. holenoun

    an opening deliberately made in or through something

  3. hole, golf holenoun

    one playing period (from tee to green) on a golf course

    "he played 18 holes"

  4. holenoun

    an unoccupied space

  5. hole, hollownoun

    a depression hollowed out of solid matter

  6. holenoun

    a fault

    "he shot holes in my argument"

  7. fix, hole, jam, mess, muddle, pickle, kettle of fishnoun

    informal terms for a difficult situation

    "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage"

  8. trap, cakehole, hole, maw, yap, gobverb

    informal terms for the mouth

  9. hole, hole outverb

    hit the ball into the hole

  10. holeverb

    make holes in


  1. holenoun

    A hollow spot in a surface.

    Get some popcorn out of that popcorn bucket hole.

  2. holenoun

    An opening in a solid.

    There's a hole in my bucket.

  3. holenoun

    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.

  4. holenoun

    The part of a game in which a player attempts to hit the ball into one of the holes.

    I played 18 holes yesterday. The second hole today cost me three strokes over par.

  5. holenoun

    An excavation pit or trench.

  6. holenoun

    A weakness, a flaw

    I have found a hole in your argument.

  7. holenoun

    A container or receptacle.

    car hole; brain hole

  8. holenoun

    In semiconductors, a lack of an electron in an occupied band behaving like a positively charged particle.

  9. holenoun

    A security vulnerability in software which can be taken advantage of by an exploit.

  10. holeverb

    To make holes in (an object or surface).

    Shrapnel holed the ship's hull.

  11. holeverb

    To destroy.

    She completely holed the argument.

  12. holenoun

    An orifice, in particular the anus.

  13. holenoun

    A high-security prison cell, often used as punishment.

  14. holenoun

    An undesirable place to live or visit; a hovel

    His apartment is a hole!

  15. holenoun

    The rear portion of the defensive team between the shortstop and the third baseman.

    The shortstop ranged deep into the hole to make the stop.

  16. Etymology: from hol 'orifice, hollow place', from hulan (compare hool, Höhle, holr), noun form of hulaz 'hollow'. More at hollow.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Holenoun

    Etymology: hol, Dutch; hole, Saxon.

    The earth had not a hole to hide this deed. William Shakespeare.

    Tickling is most in the soles, and under the arm holes and sides. Francis Bacon.

    A loadstone is so disposed, that it shall draw unto it, on a reclined plane, a bullet of steel, which, as it ascends near to the loadstone, may fall down through some hole, and so return to the place whence it began to move. John Wilkins, Dædalus.

    There are the tops of the mountains, and under their roots in holes and caverns the air is often detained. Burnet.

    Look upon linen that has small holes in it: those holes appear very black, and men are often deceived in taking holes for spots of ink; and painters, to represent holes, make use of black. Robert Boyle, on Colours.

    Upon his bloody finger he doth wear
    A precious ring, that lightens all the hole. William Shakespeare.

    A tortoise spends all his days in a hole, with a house upon his head. Roger L'Estrange.

    I have frighted ants with my fingers, and pursued them as far as another hole, stopping all passages to their own nest, and it was natural for them to fly into the next hole. Addison.

    When Alexander first beheld the face
    Of the great cynick, thus he did lament:
    How much more happy thou, that art content
    To live within this little hole, than I
    Who after empire, that vain quarry, fly. John Dryden, Juven.


  1. Hole

    A hole is an opening in or through a particular medium, usually a solid body. Holes occur through natural and artificial processes, and may be useful for various purposes, or may represent a problem needing to be addressed in many fields of engineering. Depending on the material and the placement, a hole may be an indentation in a surface (such as a hole in the ground), or may pass completely through that surface (such as a hole created by a hole puncher in a piece of paper).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Holeadjective


  2. Holenoun

    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

  3. Holenoun

    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

  4. Holenoun

    to cut, dig, or bore a hole or holes in; as, to hole a post for the insertion of rails or bars

  5. Holenoun

    to drive into a hole, as an animal, or a billiard ball

  6. Holeverb

    to go or get into a hole

  7. Etymology: [AS. holian. See Hole, n.]


  1. Hole

    Hole was an American alternative rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1989. The band was fronted by vocalist, lyricist, and rhythm guitarist Courtney Love, who formed Hole with lead guitarist Eric Erlandson. Hole had a revolving line-up of bassists and drummers, their most prolific being drummer Patty Schemel, and bassists Kristen Pfaff and Melissa Auf der Maur. Hole achieved considerable commercial and critical success throughout the 1990s, initially releasing singles through independent labels and debuting with their caustic noise rock-influenced Pretty on the Inside, and later gaining critical acclaim for their 1994 album Live Through This. The band began to incorporate elements of power pop into their sound in the late 1990s, specifically on their third album, Celebrity Skin, which went on to be their most commercially successful release, garnering them widespread critical attention and several Grammy nominations. The group officially disbanded in 2002 and its members began solo careers and other projects. In 2009, Love announced she was reforming Hole as the sole returning member. Erlandson, however, stated that no reunion could take place contractually without mutual involvement. On January 1, 2010, a website promoting Hole's latest release, Nobody's Daughter, was launched, with links to various social media pages. Despite the dispute between Erlandson and Love, Nobody's Daughter was released in April 2010, and the reformed band toured extensively in Europe and North America. In November 2012, however, Love stated on her Twitter account that she was working now under her own name as a solo artist, and that "Hole is dead".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hole

    hōl, n. a hollow place: a cavity: an opening in a solid body: a pit: a subterfuge: a means of escape: a difficult situation: a scrape: a place of hiding, a mean lodging, a secret room for some disreputable business: (golf) one of the holes, 4 in. in diameter, into which the ball is played, also the distance between any two holes.—v.t. to form holes in: to drive into a hole.—v.i. to go into a hole.—adj. Hole′-and-cor′ner, secret: underhand.—ns. Hōling-axe, a narrow axe for cutting holes in posts; Hōling-pick, a pick used in under-cutting coal.—A hole in one's coat, a stain on a person's reputation; Put a person in a hole, to put him in a position from which he cannot easily extricate himself; Toad in the hole, meat baked in batter, &c. [A.S. hol, a hole, cavern; Dut. hol, Dan. hul, Ger. hohl, hollow; conn. with Gr. koilos, hollow.]

  2. Hole

    adj. (Spens.) whole.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. hole

    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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hole

    A clear open space amongst ice in the Arctic seas.

Rap Dictionary

  1. holenoun


  2. holenoun

    Gun chamber. "16 in the clip and one in the hole" -- Nate Dogg (Regulate).

  3. holenoun

    Sunroof. "Woodgrain and leather, with a hole" -- Nelly

  4. holenoun

    hole in your Head. (ur Brain)(can be, that meas, that u are stupid.) Don Dave

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  2. HOLE

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HOLE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hole is ranked #16130 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hole surname appeared 1,794 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Hole.

    92.3% or 1,656 total occurrences were White.
    2.5% or 45 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 40 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.6% or 30 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hole' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2404

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hole' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1503

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hole' in Nouns Frequency: #651

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hole in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hole in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of hole in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Kuprycz:

    Immediately you could see the engine started to sputter and just cut out, and he banked sharply to the left, he ended up crashing around the eighth hole.

  2. Hannah Arrington:

    As The Arringtons ate them, they went down into The Arringtons digestive tract, and then each time The Arringtons would find another one somewhere in the house and swallow it, it would click together and it perforated a hole through The Arringtons stomach all the way down into The Arringtons colon area.

  3. Jordan Spieth:

    I was deciding whether to go over( the bunker) or short of it and instead I took the club that was right in-between and tried to throw it up in the air to get it close to the bunker, it was just trying to make up for the hole before.

  4. Tiger Woods:

    We have created two 18-hole putting courses that can be enjoyed by all, regardless of age or skill level, we look forward to welcoming a new generation of players to our unique putting experiences at PopStroke Sarasota.

  5. Thomas Cravens:

    We know that it's bumping material out of the rings at least 10 times faster than we thought, if it's not being replenished, the rings aren't going to last -- you've got a hole in your bucket. Jupiter probably had a ring that evolved into the current wispy ring, and it could be for similar reasons. Rings do come and go. At some point they gradually drain away unless somehow they're getting new material.

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