from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of black hole, especially in the attributive.
  • noun Internet A place where traffic is silently discarded.
  • noun programming A bit bucket; a place of permanent oblivion for data.
  • noun computing DNSBL, used to block spamming IP addresses – are often called "blackhole lists"
  • noun Internet A blackhole server, a DNS server that handles reverse lookups of invalid IP ranges
  • noun management A resource sink.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

black +‎ hole



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • (doublepost)

    August 22, 2008

  • I wouldn't say that black has negative connotations here -- blackholes look black, because they pull light in.

    August 22, 2008

  • I wouldn't say that the concept of a blackhole has a negative connotation inherently, but there's many that do use it as a metaphor for something that's powerful, destructive, and consuming. If one wants to consider 'light' metaphorically, then to 'pull light in' would be indeed a 'dark' act.

    Digressing, this reminds me of how fearful humans are of this metaphorical 'dark', which may indeed be some sort of 'fear of fear' conundrum. Carl Jung wrote til he was blue in the face trying to get people to understand that looking at their shadows can indeed be a very healing and freeing act, allowing for awareness and even the very transcendence desired in the supposed act of avoidance.

    August 22, 2008

  • psst... recombinantdna... if you want to delete multiple posts, click on "edit," and then submit the (unchanged) comment. You should see a "delete" option appear. :)

    August 22, 2008