What does hollow mean?

Definitions for hollow
ˈhɒl oʊhol·low

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hollownoun

    a cavity or space in something

    "hunger had caused the hollows in their cheeks"

  2. hollow, hollernoun

    a small valley between mountains

    "he built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Appalachians"

  3. hole, hollowadjective

    a depression hollowed out of solid matter

  4. hollowadjective

    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"

  5. hollowadjective

    as if echoing in a hollow space

    "the hollow sound of footsteps in the empty ballroom"

  6. empty, hollow, vacuousverb

    devoid of significance or point

    "empty promises"; "a hollow victory"; "vacuous comments"

  7. excavate, dig, hollowverb

    remove the inner part or the core of

    "the mining company wants to excavate the hillside"

  8. hollow, hollow out, core outverb

    remove the interior of

    "hollow out a tree trunk"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hollowadjective

    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

  2. Hollowadjective

    depressed; concave; gaunt; sunken

  3. Hollowadjective

    reverberated from a cavity, or resembling such a sound; deep; muffled; as, a hollow roar

  4. Hollowadjective

    not sincere or faithful; false; deceitful; not sound; as, a hollow heart; a hollow friend

  5. Hollownoun

    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

  6. Hollownoun

    a low spot surrounded by elevations; a depressed part of a surface; a concavity; a channel

  7. Hollowverb

    to make hollow, as by digging, cutting, or engraving; to excavate

  8. Hollowadverb

    wholly; completely; utterly; -- chiefly after the verb to beat, and often with all; as, this story beats the other all hollow. See All, adv

  9. Hollow

    hollo

  10. Hollowverb

    to shout; to hollo

  11. Hollowverb

    to urge or call by shouting

  12. Etymology: [See Hollo.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hollow

    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

  1. hollow

    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.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hollow in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hollow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of hollow in a Sentence

  1. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg:

    When a book and a head collide and there is a hollow sound, is it always from the book?

  2. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    A hollow heart is often found within the most beautiful creatures. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo) – 1983

  3. Charlotte Bronte:

    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.

  4. Mallory McMorrow:

    I am the biggest threat to your hollow, hateful scheme, because you can't claim that you are targeting marginalized kids in the name of' parental rights' if another parent is standing up to say no. So, then what ? Then you dehumanize and marginalize me.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Freedom enables us to accept ourselves and become who we are in reality. Many a times, people trade in their reality for a role that they aren't meant to be. They willingly trade in their originality and freedom, and put on a mask to act, to please others. Such artificial , hollow and superficial life, doesn't matter how attractive it may seem, can become a chain and burdain. Be free. Be original. And you will be happy. The revilution for freedom always begins internally, on personal level first. Never trade in your freedom.

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