ldoce_159_fholehole1 /həʊl $ hoʊl/ ●●●S1W2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1space in something solidHOLE an emptyspace in something solidhole in 🔊 There was a huge hole in the road. 🔊 I began digging a hole for the plant. ► Don’t say there is a hole ‘on’ something. Say there is a hole in something.2space something can go through a space in something solid that allowslight or things to pass throughhole in 🔊 They climbed through a hole in the fence. 🔊 These socks are full of holes. 🔊 bullet holes (=made by bullets)3empty placeHOLE a place where someone or something should be, but is missinghole in 🔊 Their departure will leave a gaping hole in Grand Prix racing.4weak part a weak part or fault in something such as an idea or plan 🔊 The theory is full of holes.hole in 🔊 If you have holes in your game, work on them.5animal’s homeHBAHOME the home of a small animal 🔊 a rabbit hole6unpleasant place informalUNPLEASANT an unpleasant place 🔊 I’ve got to get out of this hole.7golfa)DSGa hole in the ground that you try to get the ball into in the game of golfb)DSGone part of a golf course with this kind of hole at one end8 →hole in one9 →make a hole in something10 →be in a hole11 →be in the hole12 →need/want something like a hole in the head → ace in the holeat ace1(7), → black hole, → square peg in a round holeat square1(12), → watering holeTHESAURUShole an empty space in the surface of something, which sometimes goes all the way through itA fox had dug a hole under our fence.Rain was coming in through a hole in the roof.space an empty area between two things, into which you can put somethingAre there any empty spaces on the bookshelf?a parking spacegap an empty area between two things or two parts of something, especially one that should not be thereHe has a gap between his two front teeth.I squeezed through a gap in the hedge.opening a hole that something can pass through or that you can see through, especially at the entrance of somethingThe train disappeared into the dark opening of the tunnel.I looked through the narrow opening in the wall.leak a small hole where something has been damaged or broken that letsliquid or gasflow in or outa leak in the pipeThe plumber’s coming to repair the leak.puncture especially British English a small hole in a tyre through which airescapesMy bike’s got a puncture.crack a very narrow space between two things or two parts of something The snake slid into a crack in the rock.She was peering through the crack in the curtains.slot a straight narrow hole that you put a particular type of object intoYou have to put a coin in the slot before you dial the number.A small disk fits into a slot in the camera.crater a round hole in the ground made by an explosion or by a large object hitting it harda volcanic craterThe meteor left a crater over five miles wide.the craters on the Moonto make a hole in something make a hole in something to cause a hole to appear in somethingMake a hole in the bottom of the can using a hammer and nail.pierce to make a small hole in or through something, using a pointed objectThe dog’s teeth had pierced her skin.Shelley wanted to have her ears pierced (=for earrings).prick to make a very small hole in the surface of something, using a pointed objectPrick the potatoes before baking them.My finger was bleeding where the needle had pricked it.punch to make a hole through paper or flatmaterial using a metaltool or other sharp objectI bought one of those things for punching holes in paper.You have to get your ticket punched before you get on the train.puncture to make a small hole in something, especially something where skin or a wallsurrounds a softer or hollowinside partThe bullet had punctured his lung.perforate formal to make a hole or holes in somethingFragments of the bullet had perforated his intestines.drill to make a hole using a special tool, often one which turns round and round very quicklyThe dentist started drilling a hole in my tooth.They won a contract to drill for oil in the area.bore to make a deep round hole through a rock, into the ground etcThey had to bore through solid rock.The men were boring a hole for the tunnel.