From Middle Englishhole, hol, from Old Englishhol(“orifice, hollow place, cavity”), from Proto-Germanic*hulą(“hollow space, cavity”) noun derivative of Proto-Germanic*hulaz(“hollow”). Cognate with Dutchhol, Walloonhol, Swedishhål, Norwegian Bokmålhull(“hole”), Norwegian Nynorsk and Faroesehol(“hole”). Compare also GermanHöhle. More at hollow.
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.
Bible, 2 Kings xii.9:
The priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid.
1840, Alfred Tennyson, Godiva:
[…]her palfrey’s footfall shot Light horrors thro’ her pulses: the blind walls Were full of chinks and holes; and overhead Fantastic gables, crowding, stared:[…]
An opening in a solid.
(golf) 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.
(golf) The part of a game in which a player attempts to hit the ball into one of the holes.
(baseball) The rear portion of the defensive team between the shortstop and the third baseman.
(chess) A square on the board, with some positional significance, that a player does not, and cannot in future, control with a friendly pawn.
(stud poker) A card (also called a hole card) dealt face down thus unknown to all but its holder; the status in which such a card is.
In the game of fives, part of the floor of the court between the step and the pepperbox.
(archaeology, slang) An excavation pit or trench.
(figuratively) A weakness; a flaw or ambiguity.
2011, Fun - We Are Young
But between the drinks and subtle things / The holes in my apologies, you know / I’m trying hard to take it back
(informal) A container or receptacle.
(physics) In semiconductors, a lack of an electron in an occupied band behaving like a positively charged particle.
(computing) A security vulnerability in software which can be taken advantage of by an exploit.
(slang, anatomy) An orifice, in particular the anus. When used with shut it always refers to the mouth.
(Ireland, Scotland, particularly in the phrase "get one's hole") Sex, or a sex partner.
Are you going out to get your hole tonight?
(informal, with "the") Solitary confinement, a high-security prison cell often used as punishment.
2011, Ahmariah Jackson, IAtomic Seven, Locked Up but Not Locked Down
Disciplinary actions can range from a mere write up to serious time in the hole.
(slang) An undesirable place to live or visit; a hovel.
(figuratively) Difficulty, in particular, debt.
(graph theory) A chordless cycle in a graph.
See also Thesaurus:hole
(solitary confinement):administrative segregation, ad-seg, block(UK), box, cooler (UK), hotbox, lockdown, pound, SCU, security housing unit, SHU, special handling unit
→ Japanese: ホール(hōru)
Sranan Tongo: olo
hole (third-person singular simple presentholes, present participleholing, simple past and past participleholed)
(transitive) To make holes in (an object or surface).
(transitive, by extension) To destroy.
(intransitive) To go into a hole.
(transitive) To drive into a hole, as an animal, or a billiard ball or golf ball.
1799, Sporting Magazine (volume 13, page 49)
If the player holes the red ball, he scores three, and upon holing his adversary's ball, he gains two; and thus it frequently happens, that seven are got upon a single stroke, by caramboling and holing both balls.
(transitive) To cut, dig, or bore a hole or holes in.