—n. 1. an opening through something; gap; aperture: a hole in the roof; a hole in my sock. 2. a hollow place in a solid body or mass; a cavity: a hole in the ground. 3. the excavated habitation of an animal; burrow.
4. a small, dingy, or shabby place: I couldn't live in a hole like that. 5. a place of solitary confinement; dungeon.
6. an embarrassing position or predicament: to find oneself in a hole. 7. a cove or small harbor.
8. a fault or flaw: They found serious holes in his reasoning. 9. a deep, still place in a stream: a swimming hole. 10. Sports. a. a small cavity, into which a marble, ball, or the like is to be played.
b. a score made by so playing.
11. Golf. a. the circular opening in a green into which the ball is to be played.
b. a part of a golf course from a tee to the hole corresponding to it, including fairway, rough, and hazards.
c. the number of strokes taken to hit the ball from a tee into the hole corresponding to it.
12. Informal.opening; slot: The radio program was scheduled for the p.m. hole. We need an experienced person to fill a hole in our accounting department. 13. Metalworking.(in wire drawing) one reduction of a section.
14. Electronics.a mobile vacancy in the electronic structure of a semiconductor that acts as a positive charge carrier and has equivalent mass.
15. Aeron.an air pocket that causes a plane or other aircraft to drop suddenly.
16. burn a hole in one's pocket, to urge one to spend money quickly: His inheritance was burning a hole in his pocket. 17. hole in the wall, a small or confining place, esp. one that is dingy, shabby, or out-of-the-way: Their first shop was a real hole in the wall. 18. in a or the hole, a. in debt; in straitened circumstances: After Christmas I am always in the hole for at least a month. b. Baseball,Softball.pitching or batting with the count of balls or balls and strikes to one's disadvantage, esp. batting with a count of two strikes and one ball or none.
c. Stud Poker.being the card or one of the cards dealt face down in the first round: a king in the hole. 19. make a hole in, to take a large part of: A large bill from the dentist made a hole in her savings. 20. pick a hole or holes in, to find a fault or flaw in: As soon as I presented my argument, he began to pick holes in it.
—v.t. 1. to make a hole or holes in.
2. to put or drive into a hole.
3. Golf.to hit the ball into (a hole).
4. to bore (a tunnel, passage, etc.).
—v.i. 1. to make a hole or holes.
2. hole out,Golf.to strike the ball into a hole: He holed out in five, one over par. 3. hole up, a. to go into a hole; retire for the winter, as a hibernating animal.
b. to hide, as from pursuers, the police, etc.: The police think the bank robbers are holed up in Chicago.