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hol·low

 (hŏl′ō)
adj. hol·low·er, hol·low·est
1. Having a cavity, gap, or space within: a hollow wall.
2. Deeply indented or concave; sunken: "His bearded face already has a set, hollow look" (Conor Cruise O'Brien).
3. Without substance or character: a hollow person. See Synonyms at vain.
4. Devoid of truth or validity; specious: "Theirs is at best a hollow form of flattery" (Annalyn Swan).
5. Having a reverberating, sepulchral sound: hollow footsteps.
n.
1. A cavity, gap, or space: a hollow behind a wall.
2. An indented or concave surface or area.
3. A void; an emptiness: a hollow in one's life.
4. A small valley between hills or mountains.
v. hol·lowed, hol·low·ing, hol·lows
v.tr.
1. To make hollow: hollow out a pumpkin.
2. To scoop or form by making concave: hollow out a nest in the sand.
v.intr.
To become hollow or empty.

[Middle English holwe, holowe, from holgh, hole, burrow (influenced by hole, hollow), from Old English holh; see kel- in Indo-European roots.]

hol′low·ly adv.
hol′low·ness n.

hollow

(ˈhɒləʊ)
adj
1. having a hole, cavity, or space within; not solid
2. having a sunken area; concave
3. recessed or deeply set: hollow cheeks.
4. (of sounds) as if resounding in a hollow place
5. without substance or validity
6. hungry or empty
7. insincere; cynical
8. a hollow leg hollow legs the capacity to eat or drink a lot without ill effects
adv
beat someone hollow informal Brit to defeat someone thoroughly and convincingly
n
9. a cavity, opening, or space in or within something
10. a depression or dip in the land
vb
11. to make or become hollow
12. to form (a hole, cavity, etc) or (of a hole, etc) to be formed
[C12: from holu, inflected form of Old English holh cave; related to Old Norse holr, German hohl; see hole]
ˈhollowly adv
ˈhollowness n

hol•low

(ˈhɒl oʊ)

adj. -low•er, -low•est,
n., v.
adv. adj.
1. having a space or cavity inside; empty: a hollow sphere.
2. having a depression or concavity: a hollow surface.
3. sunken: hollow cheeks.
4. not resonant: a hollow voice.
5. lacking significance: a hollow victory.
6. insincere; false: hollow compliments.
n.
7. an empty space within something; hole; cavity.
8. a shallow valley.
v.t.
9. to make hollow (often fol. by out).
10. to form by hollowing action (often fol. by out): to hollow a place in the sand.
v.i.
11. to become hollow.
adv.
12. in a hollow manner: The accusations rang hollow.
[before 900; Middle English holw(e),holow, Old English holh a hollow place; akin to hole]
hol′low•ly, adv.
hol′low•ness, n.

hollow


Past participle: hollowed
Gerund: hollowing

Imperative
hollow
hollow
Present
I hollow
you hollow
he/she/it hollows
we hollow
you hollow
they hollow
Preterite
I hollowed
you hollowed
he/she/it hollowed
we hollowed
you hollowed
they hollowed
Present Continuous
I am hollowing
you are hollowing
he/she/it is hollowing
we are hollowing
you are hollowing
they are hollowing
Present Perfect
I have hollowed
you have hollowed
he/she/it has hollowed
we have hollowed
you have hollowed
they have hollowed
Past Continuous
I was hollowing
you were hollowing
he/she/it was hollowing
we were hollowing
you were hollowing
they were hollowing
Past Perfect
I had hollowed
you had hollowed
he/she/it had hollowed
we had hollowed
you had hollowed
they had hollowed
Future
I will hollow
you will hollow
he/she/it will hollow
we will hollow
you will hollow
they will hollow
Future Perfect
I will have hollowed
you will have hollowed
he/she/it will have hollowed
we will have hollowed
you will have hollowed
they will have hollowed
Future Continuous
I will be hollowing
you will be hollowing
he/she/it will be hollowing
we will be hollowing
you will be hollowing
they will be hollowing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been hollowing
you have been hollowing
he/she/it has been hollowing
we have been hollowing
you have been hollowing
they have been hollowing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been hollowing
you will have been hollowing
he/she/it will have been hollowing
we will have been hollowing
you will have been hollowing
they will have been hollowing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been hollowing
you had been hollowing
he/she/it had been hollowing
we had been hollowing
you had been hollowing
they had been hollowing
Conditional
I would hollow
you would hollow
he/she/it would hollow
we would hollow
you would hollow
they would hollow
Past Conditional
I would have hollowed
you would have hollowed
he/she/it would have hollowed
we would have hollowed
you would have hollowed
they would have hollowed

Hollow

Small valley.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hollow - a cavity or space in somethinghollow - a cavity or space in something; "hunger had caused the hollows in their cheeks"
enclosed space, cavity - space that is surrounded by something
2.hollow - a small valley between mountains; "he built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Appalachians"
dell, dingle - a small wooded hollow
vale, valley - a long depression in the surface of the land that usually contains a river
3.hollow - a depression hollowed out of solid matter
burrow, tunnel - a hole made by an animal, usually for shelter
gopher hole - a hole in the ground made by gophers
kettle hole, kettle - (geology) a hollow (typically filled by a lake) that results from the melting of a mass of ice trapped in glacial deposits
natural depression, depression - a sunken or depressed geological formation
cavity, pit - a sizeable hole (usually in the ground); "they dug a pit to bury the body"
chuckhole, pothole - a pit or hole produced by wear or weathering (especially in a road surface)
rabbit burrow, rabbit hole - a hole in the ground as a nest made by wild rabbits
wormhole - hole made by a burrowing worm
Verb1.hollow - remove the inner part or the core of; "the mining company wants to excavate the hillside"
remove, take away, withdraw, take - remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"
drive - excavate horizontally; "drive a tunnel"
trench, ditch - cut a trench in, as for drainage; "ditch the land to drain it"; "trench the fields"
2.hollow - remove the interior of; "hollow out a tree trunk"
empty - make void or empty of contents; "Empty the box"; "The alarm emptied the building"
gouge, rout - make a groove in
scollop, scallop - form scallops in; "scallop the meat"
hole - make holes in
suck in, draw in - draw in as if by suction; "suck in your cheeks and stomach"
scoop out - hollow out with a scoop; "scoop out a melon"
cavern, cavern out - hollow out as if making a cavern
cave, undermine - hollow out as if making a cave or opening; "The river was caving the banks"
dig, dig out - create by digging; "dig a hole"; "dig out a channel"
excavate - form by hollowing; "Carnegie had a lake excavated for Princeton University's rowing team"; "excavate a cavity"
core - remove the core or center from; "core an apple"
Adj.1.hollow - 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"
empty - holding or containing nothing; "an empty glass"; "an empty room"; "full of empty seats"; "empty hours"
solid - entirely of one substance with no holes inside; "a solid block of wood"
2.hollow - as if echoing in a hollow space; "the hollow sound of footsteps in the empty ballroom"
reverberant - having a tendency to reverberate or be repeatedly reflected; "a reverberant room"; "the reverberant booms of cannon"
3.hollow - devoid of significance or pointhollow - devoid of significance or point; "empty promises"; "a hollow victory"; "vacuous comments"
meaningless, nonmeaningful - having no meaning or direction or purpose; "a meaningless endeavor"; "a meaningless life"; "a verbose but meaningless explanation"

hollow

adjective
1. empty, vacant, void, unfilled, not solid a hollow cylinder
empty full, occupied, solid
3. worthless, empty, useless, vain, meaningless, pointless, futile, fruitless, specious, Pyrrhic, unavailing Any threat to bring in the police is a hollow one.
worthless valuable, worthwhile, meaningful, genuine
4. insincere, false, artificial, cynical, hypocritical, hollow-hearted His hollow laugh had no mirth in it.
noun
1. cavity, cup, hole, bowl, depression, pit, cave, den, basin, dent, crater, trough, cavern, excavation, indentation, dimple, concavity where water gathers in a hollow and forms a pond
cavity bump, projection, mound
2. valley, dale, glen, dell, dingle Locals in the sleepy hollow peered out of their country cottages.
valley hill, mountain, height, rise, bluff, knoll, kopje or koppie (S. African)
verb
1. (often followed by out) scoop out, dig out, excavate, gouge out, channel, groove, furrow Someone had hollowed out a large block of stone.

hollow

adjective
1. Curving inward:
2. Lacking value, use, or substance:
noun
1. A space in an otherwise solid mass:
2. An area sunk below its surroundings:
Translations
أَجْوَفأجْوَفتَجْويف، حُفْرَهغَيْر رَنّانوادٍ، سَهْل مُجَوَّف
dutýjámaúdolídůlekdutina
hulhulningfordybning
ontto
खोखला
šupalj
mélyedéstompa
dæld; dalurholurholur, djúpurinnfallinn, kinnfiskasoginn
空洞の
속이 빈
daubadrevėdrevėtasduslumasduslus
caursdobjšdobsdobumsiekrituši vaigi
dutý
votel
ihålig
เป็นโพรง
کھوکھلا
trống rỗng

hollow

[ˈhɒləʊ]
A. ADJ
1. [tree, object] → hueco; [cheeks, eyes] → hundido
it's hollow (inside)está hueco (por dentro)
his eyes were hollowtenía los ojos hundidos
she had a hollow feeling in her stomachtenía una sensación de vacío en el estómago
he felt hollow insidese sentía vacío por dentro
look how much you've eaten, you must have hollow legs!¡qué barbaridad, lo que has comido! ¡debes de tener la solitaria!
2. [gesture, laugh] → falso; [threat, promise] → vano, falso; [words] → hueco, vacío; [person, victory, success] → vacío
their marriage was a hollow shamsu matrimonio era una pura farsa or pantomima
to ring or sound hollowsonar (a) falso
his denial has a hollow ring (to it)su negativa suena a falso
3. [sound, noise] → hueco
a deep, hollow voice whispered his nameuna voz profunda y cavernosa susurró su nombre
her voice sounded tired and hollowsu voz sonaba cansada y apagada
B. N
1. (= hole) → hueco m
2. (= depression) (in ground, surface) → hoyo m
the hollow of one's handel cuenco or (Mex) la cuenca de la mano
C. ADV to beat sb hollowdar una paliza a algn
hollow out VT + ADVahuecar

hollow

[ˈhɒləʊ]
adj
(not solid) [object] → creux/euse; [cheeks, eyes] → creux/euse
a hollow space → un creux
(= insincere) [promise, words, threat] → en l'air, creux/euse
political parties giving hollow promises that it will all get better → des partis politiques qui font des promesses en l'air comme quoi tout va aller mieux
a hollow victory → une piètre victoire
[sound, noise] → creux/euse
n (gen)creux m; (in land)dépression f (de terrain), cuvette f
hollow out
vt sep [+ rock, stone] → creuser; [+ wood] → évider; [+ vegetable] → évider

hollow

adj
hohl; (= concave) surface, cheekshohl, eingefallen; eyestief liegend; (= empty) feelinghohl, leer; I feel hollow (inside) (= hungry)ich habe ein Loch im Bauch (inf); (after a bad shock) → ich fühle mich innerlich leer
(= meaningless) gesture, threat, sham, words, promiseleer; victorygeschenkt; (= insincere) personunaufrichtig; laughhohl; (= forced)gequält; to sound hollow, to have a hollow ring (to it) (fig)hohl klingen; this claim rings hollowdiese Behauptung klingt hohl or falsch
soundhohl, dumpf; voicehohl; with a (deep,) hollow voicemit Grabesstimme
n
(= cavity)Höhlung f; (in larger structure) → Hohlraum m; the hollow in the tree’s trunkdie Höhlung im Baum
(= depression)Vertiefung f; (= small valley)(Boden)senke f; a wooded holloweine bewaldete Niederung; in the hollow between two wavesim Wellental; to hold something in the hollow of one’s handetw in der hohlen Hand halten; the hollow of the backdas Kreuz
adv (Brit) to beat somebody hollow (inf)jdn haushoch schlagen, jdn fertigmachen (inf)

hollow

[ˈhɒləʊ]
1. adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) → cavo/a, vuoto/a; (eyes, cheeks) → infossato/a; (sound, voice) → cupo/a; (sympathy) → falso/a; (promises) → vano/a
a hollow victory → una vittoria di Pirro
to give a hollow laugh → ridere a denti stretti
2. adv to beat sb hollow (fam) → stracciare qn
3. n (of back) → incavo; (of hand) → cavo; (in ground) → cavità f inv, affossamento; (small valley) → conca; (in landscape) → valletta, depressione f
hollow out vt + advscavare, incavare

hollow

(ˈholəu) adjective
1. having an empty space in it. a hollow tree; Bottles, pipes and tubes are hollow.
2. (of a sound) strangely deep, as if made in something hollow. a hollow voice.
noun
1. something hollow. hollows in her cheeks.
2. a small valley; a dip in the ground. You can't see the farm from here because it's in a hollow.
ˈhollowness noun
beat hollow
to beat thoroughly at a game etc. The local team were beaten hollow by eight goals to one on Saturday.
hollow out
to make hollow. They hollowed out a tree-trunk to make a boat.

hollow

أَجْوَف dutý hul hohl κούφιος hueco ontto creux šupalj cavo 空洞の 속이 빈 hol hul pusty oco полый ihålig เป็นโพรง oyuk trống rỗng 空心的

hol·low

a. hueco-a, cóncavo-a.

hollow

adj & n hueco; — of the hand hueco de la mano
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It was lined with books, and there were pictures and statues, and distracting little cabinets full of coins and curiosities, and Sleepy Hollow chairs, and queer tables, and bronzes, and best of all, a great open fireplace with quaint tiles all round it.
I was following the iguana, and when the big lizard came to a stop, in a little hollow place in the ground, at the foot of those two trees, I leaned over to slip a noose of rope about its neck.
No, there was nothing but land--slightly undulating, I knew, because often our wheels ground against the brake as we went down into a hollow and lurched up again on the other side.
At times it rose to the fullest compass of the rich voices of the females, who hung over their little book in holy excitement, and again it sank so low, that the rushing of the waters ran through their melody, like a hollow accompaniment.
The mountain breeze had by this time possessed the stifling valleys and heated bars of the river in its strong, cold embraces; the equilibrium of Nature was restored, and a shadowy mist rose from the hollow.
said Hepzibah with a sad, hollow laugh; "but, in old houses like this, you know, dead people are very apt to come back again
There is truth in what she says," began the minister, with a voice sweet, tremulous, but powerful, insomuch that the hall re-echoed and the hollow armour rang with it -- "truth in what Hester says, and in the feeling which inspires her
From the listless repose of the place, and the peculiar character of its inhabitants, who are descendants from the original Dutch settlers, this sequestered glen has long been known by the name of SLEEPY HOLLOW, and its rustic lads are called the Sleepy Hollow Boys throughout all the neighboring country.
There stand his trees, each with a hollow trunk, as if a hermit and a crucifix were within; and here sleeps his meadow, and there sleep his cattle; and up from yonder cottage goes a sleepy smoke.
Only one sweeter end can readily be recalled --the delicious death of an Ohio honey-hunter, who seeking honey in the crotch of a hollow tree, found such exceeding store of it, that leaning too far over, it sucked him in, so that he died embalmed.
Down every side street they could see, it was the same-- never a hill and never a hollow, but always the same endless vista of ugly and dirty little wooden buildings.
But the jailer said, "Come, boys, it is time to lock up"; and so they dispersed, and I heard the sound of their steps returning into the hollow apartments.