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Dictionary Definition

hollow adj
1 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" [ant: solid]
2 deliberately deceptive; "hollow (or false) promises"; "false pretenses" [syn: false]
3 as if echoing in a hollow space; "the hollow sound of footsteps in the empty ballroom"
4 devoid of significance or point; "empty promises"; "a hollow victory"; "vacuous comments" [syn: empty, vacuous]

Noun

1 a cavity or space in something; "hunger had caused the hollows in their cheeks"
2 a small valley between mountains; "he built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Appalachians" [syn: holler]
3 a depression hollowed out of solid matter [syn: hole]

Verb

1 remove the inner part or the core of; "the mining company wants to excavate the hillsite" [syn: excavate, dig]
2 remove the interior of; "hollow out a tree trunk" [syn: hollow out, core out]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Of something solid, having an empty space inside.
  2. Of a sound, low-pitched, and maybe scary.
    a hollow moan
  3. Without substance, dishonest.
    a hollow promise

Alternative spellings

Translations

having an empty space inside
low-pitched
without substance

Noun

  1. A small valley between mountains; "he built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Rockies"
  2. A sunken area in something solid.
  3. (US) A sunken area, the equivalent to a copse in British English.
  4. A feeling of emptiness.

Translations

sunken area
feeling of emptiness

Verb

  1. to make a hole in something; to excavate

Extensive Definition

Hollow may refer to:
  • A closed body which is not solid or filled. i.e. contains empty space or air.
    • Hollow Earth theory, the idea that the planet Earth has a hollow interior and possibly an inhabitable inner surface.
    • Tree hollow, a hollow in a branch or trunk, which may provide habitat for animals.
  • To render something hollow by removing its internal matter.
  • A depression in a surface or the ground.
Hollow in the arts:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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