AskDefine | Define hole

Dictionary Definition



1 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]


1 hit the ball into the hole [syn: hole out]
2 make holes in

User Contributed Dictionary

see Hole



hol, from Proto-Germanic *|khulaz, from Proto-Indo-European base *|kel-.


  • a RP /həʊl/, /h@Ul/
  • a US , /hoʊl/, /hoUl/
  • Rhymes with: -əʊl


  • whole (depends on accent)


  1. a hollow in a surface
    Get some popcorn out of that popcorn bucket hole.
  2. an opening in a solid
    There’s a hole in my bucket.
  3. a weakness, a flaw
    I have found a hole in your argument.
  4. the portion of a game in which the players attempt to hit the ball into a particular hole.
    I played 18 holes yesterday.
  5. a container or receptacle
    car hole; brain hole
  6. In semiconductors, a lack of an electron in an occupied band behaving like a positively charged particle.
    The shortstop ranged deam into the hole to make the stop.
  7. A security vulnerability in software which can be taken advantage of by an exploit
  8. In the context of "anatomy|slang": An orifice, in particular the anus
  9. The place where a prisoner is kept
  10. An undesirable place to live or visit
    Don’t go there, that place is a hole!
  11. The rear portion of the defensive seam between the shortstop and the third baseman.
hollow in some surface
  • Czech: díra
  • Finnish: kuoppa, kolo
  • German: Loch
  • Kurdish:
  • Mongolian: нүх (nüh)
  • Polish: dziura
  • Slovene: luknja
  • Spanish: hueco
  • Swedish: hål
opening in a solid
  • Czech: díra
  • Finnish: reikä, aukko
  • German: Loch
  • Hungarian: lyuk
  • Kurdish: کون
  • Polish: otwór
  • Slovene: luknja
  • Spanish: qualifier Spain agujero, hoyo
  • Swedish: hål
weakness, flaw
  • Finnish: aukko
  • Polish: słaby punkt
  • Slovene: luknja
  • Swedish: hål
portion of a game of golf
  • Czech: jamka
  • Finnish: reikä
  • Polish: dołek
  • Slovene: luknja
  • Spanish: hoyo
  • Swedish: hål
lack of an electron
  • Finnish: aukko
  • Polish: dziura
  • Swedish: hål
security vulnerability
  • Slovene: luknja
  • Polish: otwór
  • Slovene: luknja
place where a prisoner is kept
  • Polish: karcer
  • Slovene: luknja
undesirable place
  • Czech: díra
  • Polish: dziura, nora
  • Slovene: luknja


  1. To make holes in (an object).
    Shrapnel holed the ship’s hull.

Derived terms


to make holes

Extensive Definition

Hole or Holes may refer to:
In arts:
In places:
hole in German: Loch
hole in Spanish: agujero
hole in Spanish: hoyo
hole in French: Trou
hole in Italian: Hole
hole in Dutch: Hole
hole in Norwegian Nynorsk: Hol
hole in Polish: Hol
hole in Portuguese: Hole
hole in Russian: Дыра
hole in Simple English: Hole

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