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Meaning of HOLLOW

Pronunciation:  'hâlow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a depression hollowed out of solid matter
  2. [n]  a small valley between mountains; "he built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Appalachians"
  3. [n]  a cavity or space in something; "hunger had caused the hollows in their cheeks"
  4. [adj]  devoid of significance or point; "empty promises"; "a hollow victory"; "vacuous comments"
  5. [adj]  as if echoing in a hollow space; "the hollow sound of footsteps in the empty ballroom"
  6. [adj]  deliberately deceptive; "hollow (or false) promises"; "false pretenses"
  7. [adj]  not solid; having a space or gap or cavity; "a hollow wall"; "a hollow tree"; "hollow cheeks"; "his face became gaunter and more hollow with each year"
  8. [v]  remove the interior of; "hollow out a tree trunk"
  9. [v]  remove the inner part or the core of; "the mining company wants to excavate the hillsite"

HOLLOW is a 6 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: cannular, cavernous, core out, deep-set, empty, false, fistular, fistulate, fistulous, hole, holler, hollow out, hollowed, insincere, meaningless, recessed, reverberant, ringing, sunken, tubular, vacuous
 Antonyms: solid
 See Also: burrow, cave, cavern, cavern out, cavity, cavity, chuckhole, core, dell, depression, dig, dig out, dingle, ditch, draw in, drive, empty, enclosed space, excavate, gopher hole, gouge, groove, hole, natural depression, pit, pothole, rabbit burrow, rabbit hole, remove, rout, scallop, scollop, scoop out, suck in, take, take away, trench, tunnel, undermine, vale, valley, withdraw, wormhole



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hol"low\, a. [OE. holow, holgh, holf, AS. holh a hollow,
    hole. Cf. {Hole}.]
    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.
    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. --Dryden.
    4. Not sincere or faithful; false; deceitful; not sound; as,
       a hollow heart; a hollow friend. --Milton.
    {Hollow newel} (Arch.), an opening in the center of a winding
       staircase in place of a newel post, the stairs being
       supported by the wall; an open newel; also, the
       stringpiece or rail winding around the well of such a
    {Hollow quoin} (Engin.), 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}. (Bot.) See {Moschatel}.
    {Hollow square}. See {Square}.
    {Hollow ware}, hollow vessels; -- a trade name for cast-iron
       kitchen utensils, earthenware, etc.
    Syn: Syn.- Concave; sunken; low; vacant; empty; void; false;
         faithless; deceitful; treacherous.
  2. \Hol"low\, n.
    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.
  3. \Hol"low\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hollowed}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Hollowing}.]
    To make hollow, as by digging, cutting, or engraving; to
    excavate. ``Trees rudely hollowed.'' --Dryden.
  4. \Hol"low\, 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. [Collog.]
          The more civilized so-called Caucasian races have
          beaten the Turks hollow in the struggle for existence.
  5. \Hol*low"\, interj. [See {Hollo}.]
  6. \Hol"low\, v. i.
    To shout; to hollo.
          Whisperings and hollowings are alike to a deaf ear.
  7. \Hol"low\, v. t.
    To urge or call by shouting.
          He has hollowed the hounds.              --Sir W.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of something that is hollow, represents the womb and nurturance. It may also symbolize your hidden secrets. Alternatively, it may indicate that you are feeling empty, worthless, or insignificant in your waking life.
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