American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having a cavity, gap, or space within: a hollow wall.
- adj. Deeply indented or concave; sunken: "His bearded face already has a set, hollow look” ( Conor Cruise O'Brien).
- adj. Without substance or character: a hollow person. See Synonyms at vain.
- adj. Devoid of truth or validity; specious: "Theirs is at best a hollow form of flattery” ( Annalyn Swan).
- adj. Having a reverberating, sepulchral sound: hollow footsteps.
- n. A cavity, gap, or space: a hollow behind a wall.
- n. An indented or concave surface or area.
- n. A void; an emptiness: a hollow in one's life.
- n. A small valley between mountains.
- v. To make hollow: hollow out a pumpkin.
- v. To scoop or form by making concave: hollow out a nest in the sand.
- v. To become hollow or empty.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cavity; a depression or an excavation below the general level, as of the ground, or in the substance of anything; an empty space in anything; a concavity.
- n. Specifically, a concave space of ground; a piece or tract of land lower than the general level, or hemmed in by hills: used in many place-names in the United States: as, Sleepy Hollow in New York.
- n. A concave plane used in working moldings.
- n. A strip of thick paper or of pasteboard cut to the exact height and thickness required for a book for which the boards and cloth are intended, and which acts as a gage for the guidance of the case-makers, and as a stiffener for the cloth at the back of the book between the boards.
- Having a cavity within; having an empty space in the interior: as, a hollow tree; a hollow rock; a hollow sphere.
- Having a concavity; concave; sunken: as, a hollow way or road.
- Resembling sound reverberated from a cavity, or producing such a sound; deep; low.
- Empty; without contents; hence, without pith or substance; fruitless; worthless: as, a hollow victory; a hollow argument.
- Not sincere or faithful; false; deceitful; not sound: as, a hollow heart.
- Void of meaning or truth; empty; baseless: as, hollow oaths; a hollow mockery.
- Thorough; complete; out-and-out.
- Having, as wool, the fibers torn apart, so that it is light and open.
- Synonyms Empty, void, cavernous.
- Faithless, iusincere, treacherous, hypocritical.
- To make hollow; excavate; make empty.
- To bend into a curved or concave form.
- Beyond doubt or question; utterly; completely; out-and-out: often with all for emphasis: as, he beat him hollow, or all hollow; he carried it hollow.
- A variant of hollo.
- v. To urge or call by shouting; to hollo.
- n. A small valley between mountains; "he built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Rockies"
- n. A sunken area in something solid.
- n. US A sunken area, the equivalent to a copse in British English.
- n. figuratively A feeling of emptiness.
- v. to make a hole in something; to excavate (transitive)
- adj. Having an empty space or cavity inside.
- adj. of a sound Distant, eerie; echoing, reverberating, as if in a hollow space; dull, muffled; often low-pitched.
- adj. figuratively Without substance; having no real or significant worth; meaningless.
- adj. figuratively Insincere, devoid of validity; specious.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having an empty space or cavity, natural or artificial, within a solid substance; not solid; excavated in the interior
- adj. Depressed; concave; gaunt; sunken.
- adj. Reverberated from a cavity, or resembling such a sound; deep; muffled.
- adj. Not sincere or faithful; false; deceitful; not sound
- n. A cavity, natural or artificial; an unfilled space within anything; a hole, a cavern; an excavation; as the
hollowof the hand or of a tree.
- n. A low spot surrounded by elevations; a depressed part of a surface; a concavity; a channel.
- v. To make hollow, as by digging, cutting, or engraving; to excavate.
- adv. colloq. Wholly; completely; utterly; -- chiefly after the verb
to beat, and often with all. See all, adv.
- interj. Hollo.
- v. To shout; to hollo.
- v. To urge or call by shouting.
- n. a cavity or space in something
- adj. devoid of significance or point
- n. a small valley between mountains
- adj. not solid; having a space or gap or cavity
- n. a depression hollowed out of solid matter
- adj. as if echoing in a hollow space
- v. remove the interior of
- v. remove the inner part or the core of
- Middle English holw, holh, from Old English hol ("hollow"), from Proto-Germanic *hulaz (compare Dutch hol, German hohl, Danish hul), from Proto-Indo-European *k̑ówHilo- (compare Albanian thellë ("deep"), Ancient Greek κοῖλος (koĩlos, "hollow")', Avestan (sūra), Sanskrit (kulyā, "brook, ditch")), from *k̑ówH- (“cavity”). More at cave. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English holwe, holowe, from holgh, hole, burrow (influenced by hole, hollow), from Old English holh; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We did nothing when we heard the shooting as your airship took flight, then … He shrugged, his expression hollow.”
“The nut looked as if it were filled with tobacco or black rich earth; it was what we call hollow, or worm-eaten.”
“Economists and pundits have long feared the emergence of what they called "hollow corporations," or businesses that don't actually produce actual goods or services themselves, but instead act as brokers or intermediaries relying on networks of suppliers and partners.”
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“Look at Remington bullets, their 300 grain hollow points and 405 gain flat nose bullets are very good and are cheaper than most other 45/70 jacketed bullets out there.”
“Winchester 150 grain hollow points boadsided at about 30 yards.”
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