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hollow

hol·low

hollow

 
 
pronunciation:
ha lo
parts of speech:
adjective, noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb, adverb
features:
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: hollower, hollowest
definition 1: having an empty space on the inside; not solid within.
There were fungi growing inside the hollow log.The large chocolate bunnies are hollow, but the smaller ones are solid.
synonyms:
empty, unfilled
antonyms:
solid
similar words:
cavernous, vacant, vacuous
definition 2: curved inward or downward; concave, sunken, or depressed.
The animal dove into a hollow place in the ground.He had hollow circles around his eyes.
synonyms:
concave, dished, incurving, sunken
similar words:
cavernous, incurved
definition 3: lacking real substance, value, or meaning; insincere or false.
For all her efforts, she received only hollow praise from her jealous classmates.
synonyms:
empty, meaningless, nugatory, vacuous, valueless, worthless
antonyms:
hearty, meaningful, sincere, worthwhile
similar words:
bootless, fake, insincere, insubstantial, pointless, sham, specious, spurious, vain
definition 4: of a sound, dull or deep, like the note made by striking on a large, empty container.
There was a hollow sound when I tapped against the wall.
synonyms:
resonant, sepulchral
similar words:
cavernous, dead, deep, dull
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an empty space inside something; hole; cavity; gap.
She left a note and some money for him in the hollow of a tree.
synonyms:
cavity, concavity, hole, recess
similar words:
alcove, burrow, dent, dimple, dish, gap, indentation, niche, pocket, pothole
definition 2: a low or sunken spot or area, esp. a small valley.
Our home was in the hollow, surrounded by hills.
synonyms:
bowl, valley
similar words:
basin, dale, dell, glen, indentation, rut, sink
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: hollowed, hollowing, hollows
definition 1: to make hollow (often fol. by out).
The woodcarver hollowed out a block of wood.
synonyms:
cave, dish, scoop
antonyms:
fill
similar words:
burrow, concave, cup, dig, dredge, excavate, gouge
definition 2: to shape or form by making a material hollow (often fol. by out).
He hollowed a figurine out of a block of wood.
synonyms:
dish, empty, scoop
similar words:
burrow, gouge, ream, shape
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become hollow.
synonyms:
empty
similar words:
burrow, furrow, indent
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part of speech: adverb
inflections: hollower, hollowest
definition: in an empty or hollow manner.
similar words:
insincerely, meaninglessly, vacuously
derivations: hollowly (adv.), hollowness (n.)
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