Definition of Hollow

1. Noun. A cavity or space in something. "Hunger had caused the hollows in their cheeks"

Generic synonyms: Cavity, Enclosed Space



2. Verb. Remove the inner part or the core of. "They hollow the trees"; "The mining company wants to excavate the hillside"
Exact synonyms: Dig, Excavate
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw
Specialized synonyms: Drive, Ditch, Trench
Derivative terms: Dig, Dig, Excavation, Excavation

3. Adjective. Not solid; having a space or gap or cavity. "His face became gaunter and more hollow with each year"

4. Noun. A small valley between mountains. "He built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Appalachians"
Exact synonyms: Holler
Specialized synonyms: Dell, Dingle
Generic synonyms: Vale, Valley

5. Verb. Remove the interior of. "They hollow the trees"; "Hollow out a tree trunk"
Exact synonyms: Core Out, Hollow Out
Generic synonyms: Empty
Specialized synonyms: Gouge, Rout, Scallop, Scollop, Hole, Draw In, Suck In, Scoop Out, Cavern, Cavern Out, Cave, Undermine, Dig, Dig Out, Excavate, Core

6. Adjective. As if echoing in a hollow space. "The hollow sound of footsteps in the empty ballroom"
Similar to: Reverberant

7. Noun. A depression hollowed out of solid matter.

8. Adjective. Devoid of significance or point. "Vacuous comments"
Exact synonyms: Empty, Vacuous
Similar to: Meaningless, Nonmeaningful
Derivative terms: Emptiness, Hollowness, Vacuity

Definition of Hollow

1. a. 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.

2. n. 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.

3. v. t. To make hollow, as by digging, cutting, or engraving; to excavate.

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

5. interj. Hollo.

6. v. i. To shout; to hollo.

7. v. t. To urge or call by shouting.

Definition of Hollow

1. Adjective. (of something solid) Having an empty space or cavity inside. ¹

2. Adjective. (of a sound) Distant, eerie; echoing, reverberating, as if in a hollow space; dull, muffled; often low-pitched. ¹

3. Adjective. (figuratively) Without substance; having no real or significant worth; meaningless. ¹

4. Adjective. (figuratively) Insincere, devoid of validity; specious. ¹

5. Noun. A small valley between mountains; "he built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Rockies" ¹

6. Noun. A sunken area in something solid. ¹

7. Noun. (US) A sunken area, the equivalent to a copse in British English. ¹

8. Noun. (figuratively) A feeling of emptiness. ¹

9. Verb. to make a hole in something; to excavate (transitive) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hollow

1. not solid [adj -LOWER, -LOWEST] : HOLLOWLY [adv] / to make hollow [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: hollow

Medical Definition of Hollow

1. 1. 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. 2. A low spot surrounded by elevations; a depressed part of a surface; a concavity; a channel. "Forests grew Upon the barren hollows." (Prior) "I hate the dreadful hollow behind the little wood." (Tennyson) 1. 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. "Hollow with boards shalt thou make it." (Ex. Xxvii. 8) 2. Depressed; concave; gaunt; sunken. "With hollow eye and wrinkled brow." (Shak) 3. Reverberated from a cavity, or resembling such a sound; deep; muffled; as, a hollow roar. 4. Not sincere or faithful; false; deceitful; not sound; as, a hollow heart; a hollow friend. Hollow newel, a pier of stone or brick made behind the lock gates of a canal, and containing a hollow or recess to receive the ends of the gates. Hollow root. See Moschatel. Hollow square. See Square. Hollow ware, hollow vessels; a trade name for cast-iron kitchen utensils, earthenware, etc. Synonym: Concave, sunken, low, vacant, empty, void, false, faithless, deceitful, treacherous. Origin: OE. Holow, holgh, holf, AS. Holh a hollow, hole. Cf. Hole. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hollow

hollies
hollingworthite
hollo
holloa
holloaed
holloaing
holloas
holloed
holloes
holloing
holloo
hollooed
hollooing
holloos
hollos
hollow (current term)
hollow-back
hollow-eyed
hollow-hearted
hollow-horned
hollow back
hollow bone
hollow fibre reactor
hollow leg
hollow legs
hollow out
hollow point
hollow rail
hollow rails
hollow victories

Literary usage of Hollow

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1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The hollow-ware machine shown in Fig. 1 is particularly adapted for the manufacture of all ... There has been continuous progress in hollow-ware machines, ..."

2. A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism by James Clerk Maxwell (1881)
"A hollow Spherical Shell. 431.] THE first example of the complete solution of a problem in magnetic induction was that given by Poisson for the case of a ..."

3. English Hunger and Industrial Disorders: A Study of Social Conflict During by Walter James Shelton (1922)
"The waggoner drinks from his flagon, (Or he'd flinch when the hollow is near) But he does not give me any. " Sometimes the faces are many ; But I walk along ..."

4. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1913)
"The angle bars are pieces of steel bolted in the hollow of the rails, ... After the bolts which went through the hollow of the rail and angle bar were ..."

5. Journal by Iron and Steel Institute (1897)
"hollow Steel Forgings.—HFJ Porter f further describes hollow steel ... The strength of steel and of nickel steel hollow shafts is compared with that of ..."

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