hollowness


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hollowness - the state of being hollow: having an empty space within
emptiness - the state of containing nothing
solidity - state of having the interior filled with matter
2.hollowness - the property of having a sunken area
concaveness, concavity - the property possessed by a concave shape
3.hollowness - the quality of not being open or truthful; deceitful or hypocritical
hypocrisy - insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have
untruthfulness - the quality of being untruthful

hollowness

noun
1. Total lack of ideas, meaning, or substance:
2. A desolate sense of loss:
Translations
تَجْويف، فَراغ
dutinaprázdnota
hulhedtomhed
üregesség
aî vera holur/innantómur
dutosť
boşlukçukurlukoyukluk

hollowness

[ˈhɒləʊnɪs] N
1. [of words, promise] → falsedad f; [of gesture, threat, victory] → vacuidad f; [of laugh] → lo falso
2. [of object, surface] → el hecho de ser hueco; [of cheeks, eyes] → lo hundido
its hollowness means it can floatel hecho de que es hueco significa que puede flotar, al ser hueco puede flotar
the hollowness of her voicelo apagado de su voz

hollowness

[ˈhɒləʊnɪs] n
Now we see the hollowness of these promises → Maintenant nous pouvons voir combien ces promesses étaient creuses., Maintenant nous pouvons voir à quel point il s'agissait de promesses en l'air.

hollowness

n (fig: of promise) → Leere f; (of guarantee)Wertlosigkeit f

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.
References in classic literature ?
he panted, trembling, and retaining her hand as if he needed its support, while his large blue eyes wandered timidly over her; the hollowness round them transforming to haggard wildness the languid expression they once possessed.
I fancied I could even feel the hollowness of the ground beneath my feet: could, indeed, almost see through it the Morlocks on their ant-hill going hither and thither and waiting for the dark.
This purse was of a thinness, a flabbiness, a hollowness, which did not escape the eye of Cropole.
They had inscribed on my reason the conviction that unlawful pleasure, trenching on another's rights, is delusive and envenomed pleasure--its hollowness disappoints at the time, its poison cruelly tortures afterwards, its effects deprave for ever.
I would not have him see my heart: yet, if he could but know her hollowness, her worthless, heartless frivolity, he would then be safe, and I should be--ALMOST happy, though I might never see him more
Hilbery once more feel completely at a loss, and in addition, painfully and angrily obsolete; but in spite of an awful inner hollowness he was outwardly composed.
The hollowness and thinness of his face would have caused them to look large, under his yet dark eyebrows and his confused white hair, though they had been really otherwise; but, they were naturally large, and looked unnaturally so.
To-night, for the first time in my life, I saw through the hollowness, the sham, the silliness of the empty pageant in which I had always played.
The greatest minds never realise their ideals in any matter; and Harris and I sighed over the hollowness of all earthly desires, and followed George.
Such perfection of form, such hollowness that it certainly possessed, could not be the result of mere fortuitousness.
Tulliver sat down on the bench, and tapping the ground curiously here and there with his stick, as if he suspected some hollowness, opened the conversation by observing, with something like a snarl in his tone,--
The next moment the miserable insufficiency of her own excuse for deceiving him showed its hollowness, self-exposed.