Definitions of hollow

  1. remove the interior of; " hollow out a tree trunk"
  2. devoid of significance or point; " empty promises"; " a hollow victory"; " vacuous comments"
  3. deliberately deceptive; " hollow ( or false) promises"; " false pretenses"
  4. a depression hollowed out of solid matter
  5. a small valley between mountains; " he built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Appalachians"
  6. a cavity or space in something; " hunger had caused the hollows in their cheeks"
  7. as if echoing in a hollow space; " the hollow sound of footsteps in the empty ballroom"
  8. 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"
  9. A low spot surrounded by elevations; a depressed part of a surface; a concavity; a channel.
  10. To make hollow, as by digging, cutting, or engraving; to excavate.
  11. Hollo.
  12. To shout; to hollo.
  13. To urge or call by shouting.
  14. Having an empty space or cavity, natural or artificial, within a solid substance; not solid; excavated in the interior; as, a hollow tree; a hollow sphere.
  15. Depressed; concave; gaunt; sunken.
  16. Reverberated from a cavity, or resembling such a sound; deep; muffled; as, a hollow roar.
  17. Not sincere or faithful; false; deceitful; not sound; as, a hollow heart; a hollow friend.
  18. A cavity, natural or artificial; an unfilled space within anything; a hole, a cavern; an excavation; as the hollow of the hand or of a tree.
  19. Wholly; completely; utterly; - chiefly after the verb to beat, and often with all; as, this story beats the other all hollow. See All, adv.
  20. A cavity; pit; groove; space between hills or elevations.
  21. To make hollow.
  22. Having an empty space within; opposite to solid; sunken; superficial; unreal; insincere; deep or low; used of sound.
  23. Vacant: not solid: containing an empty space: sunken: unsound: insincere.
  24. A hole: a cavity: any depression in a body: any vacuity: a groove: a channel.
  25. To make a hole in: to make hollow by digging: to excavate.
  26. A cavity; depression.
  27. Not solid; vacant; concave; insincere.
  28. To make or become hollow.
  29. Having a cavity, as a tube, jar, or the like.
  30. Empty; vacant; sounding like the reverberation from an empty vessel or cavity; deep; murmuring.
  31. A depression or opening; an enclosed cavity.
  32. Containing an empty space; vacant; not solid; sunken; deep; not sincere; not sound; complete; utter.
  33. A cavity; a depression; a cave; a den; a hole; a groove; a channel.
  34. To make hollow, as by digging; to excavate.
  35. Having an empty space within; not solid; deep; not sincere or faithful; not real; false.
  36. Any depression of surface; a cavity; a pit; a groove.
  37. To dig or scoop out; to excavate.
  38. Without difficulty, as he carries it hollow; without a chance of success, or beyond a doubt, as he was beaten hollow.

Usage examples for hollow

  1. I live in a hollow tree just outside this house, and, seeing a window open and all you toys on the table, I jumped in to see what fun you were having. – The Story of a Nodding Donkey by Laura Lee Hope
  2. The dogs lay down in the traces, and both men gazed back into the hollow they had left. – In the Brooding Wild by Ridgwell Cullum
  3. Pupkin heard a voice that was his own, but that sounded strange and hollow, call out: " Drop that, or I'll fire!" – Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
  4. I hold you in the hollow of my hand. – A Woman's Burden by Fergus Hume
  5. " She said to me, 'I jump down, I jump down from my place on the snow, '" cried Kotuko, with hollow eyes, leaning forward in the half- lighted hut. – The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  6. The town lay in a deep hollow, and appeared to be surrounded by hills on almost every side. – The Bible in Spain by George Borrow
  7. Why, surely, surely, just down in the hollow, not many yards away, a little smoke. – The Children's Pilgrimage by L. T. Meade
  8. Dying sobs which suddenly Into hollow laughter pass! – Atta Troll by Heinrich Heine
  9. " There are only three houses in that hollow," explained Irene. – Tabitha's Vacation by Ruth Alberta Brown
  10. They went up out of the hollow hand in hand, and parted after a long kiss. – Nobody's Child by Elizabeth Dejeans
  11. A hollow space met his view. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  12. And all the reason for it that one could see was that pindling, hollow- eyed young fellow who had entered the room in her wake. – Aurora the Magnificent by Gertrude Hall
  13. How hollow it sounded- as if everything inside were loose. – The Son of His Mother by Clara Viebig
  14. She gazed up at him steadily; tried to open her lips; tried to speak, but only a dull, hollow sound was heard. – Berlin and Sans-Souci by Louise Muhlbach
  15. We find him soon after he arrived there preaching to a thousand soldiers drawn up in a hollow square, when the heat was so great, although the sun had not risen, that many actually dropped down, unable to support it. – Life of Henry Martyn, Missionary to India and Persia, 1781 to 1812 by Sarah J. Rhea
  16. It was paved with worn slabs of stone upon which the feet of any one passing rang with a mournful and hollow sound. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  17. Rest in your tent a little while, which is indeed the hollow of the Father's hand turned over you, with your strong brother watching the door. – Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald
  18. The back is hollow. – Cities of the Dawn by J. Ewing Ritchie
  19. The country people about here called this region the " Witches' Hollow," and had many stories about the strange things that happened there. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  20. There was a little stream, as I said, that ran through the hollow in which the battery was placed, and that stream had been filled with blood, not water, on the day of the battle. – A Minstrel In France by Harry Lauder