Hypertext Webster Gateway: "hole"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Hold \Hold\, v. t.

{To hold up}. To stop in order to rob, often with the demand
to hold up the hands. [Colloq.] Hole \Hole\, n. (Games)
(a) A small cavity used in some games, usually one into which
a marble or ball is to be played or driven; hence, a
score made by playing a marble or ball into such a hole,
as in golf.
(b) (Fives) At Eton College, England, that part of the floor
of the court between the step and the pepperbox.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Hole \Hole\, n. [OE. hol, hole, AS. hol, hole, cavern, from hol,
a., hollow; akin to D. hol, OHG. hol, G. hohl, Dan. huul
hollow, hul hole, Sw. h[*a]l, Icel. hola; prob. from the root
of AS. helan to conceal. See {Hele}, {Hell}, and cf. {Hold}
of a ship.]
1. 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.

The holes where eyes should be. --Shak.

The blind walls Were full of chinks and holes.

The priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the
lid. --2 Kings xii.

2. 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.

The foxes have holes, . . . but the Son of man hath
not where to lay his head. --Luke ix. 58.

Syn: Hollow; concavity; aperture; rent; fissure; crevice;
orifice; interstice; perforation; excavation; pit; cave;
den; cell.

{Hole and corner}, clandestine, underhand. [Colloq.] ``The
wretched trickery of hole and corner buffery.'' --Dickens.

{Hole board} (Fancy Weaving), a board having holes through
which cords pass which lift certain warp threads; --
called also {compass board}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Hole \Hole\ (h[=o]l), a.
Whole. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Hole \Hole\, v. t. [AS. holian. See {Hole}, n.]
1. To cut, dig, or bore a hole or holes in; as, to hole a
post for the insertion of rails or bars. --Chapman.

2. To drive into a hole, as an animal, or a billiard ball.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Hole \Hole\, v. i.
To go or get into a hole. --B. Jonson.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 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}, {maw}, {yap}, {gob}]
v 1: in golf: hit the ball into the hole [syn: {hole out}]
2: make holes in

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