What does hollow mean?

Definitions for hollow
ˈhɒl oʊhol·low

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hollow(noun)

    a cavity or space in something

    "hunger had caused the hollows in their cheeks"

  2. hollow, holler(noun)

    a small valley between mountains

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

  3. hole, hollow(adj)

    a depression hollowed out of solid matter

  4. hollow(adj)

    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. hollow(adj)

    as if echoing in a hollow space

    "the hollow sound of footsteps in the empty ballroom"

  6. empty, hollow, vacuous(verb)

    devoid of significance or point

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

  7. excavate, dig, hollow(verb)

    remove the inner part or the core of

    "the mining company wants to excavate the hillside"

  8. hollow, hollow out, core out(verb)

    remove the interior of

    "hollow out a tree trunk"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hollow(adj)

    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

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  2. Hollow(adj)

    depressed; concave; gaunt; sunken

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  3. Hollow(adj)

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

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  4. Hollow(adj)

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

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  5. Hollow(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  6. Hollow(noun)

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

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  7. Hollow(verb)

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

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  8. Hollow(adverb)

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

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  9. Hollow

    hollo

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  10. Hollow(verb)

    to shout; to hollo

    Etymology: [See Hollo.]

  11. Hollow(verb)

    to urge or call by shouting

    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. John Harold:

    Without trust, words become the hollow sound of a wooden gong. With trust, words become life itself.

  2. Aaron J. Munzer:

    Its a shame a hollow promise doesn't ring hollow

  3. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert:

    While death and injury tolls continue to rise, steps taken so far will remain hollow if not completed. The people must be served and protected, not violently oppressed.

  4. Keith Waring:

    If we vote for it today, how are we going to be better off tomorrow or the next day ? without a substantive change in policy, the proposal is hollow.

  5. Shoryu Bradley:

    Zazen is the dragons roar. This dragons roar is the wind passing and whistling through a hollow tree. This can be a metaphor for your Zazen practice and or even your life. If you can let go, greatly let go, this dragons roar can manifest through you. It is much bigger than the individual.

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