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Definition of Hollow


  1. 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.
  2. Depressed; concave; gaunt; sunken.
  3. Reverberated from a cavity, or resembling such a sound; deep; muffled; as, a hollow roar.
  4. Not sincere or faithful; false; deceitful; not sound; as, a hollow heart; a hollow friend.
  5. 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.
  6. A low spot surrounded by elevations; a depressed part of a surface; a concavity; a channel.
  7. To make hollow, as by digging, cutting, or engraving; to excavate.
  8. Wholly; completely; utterly; -- chiefly after the verb to beat, and often with all; as, this story beats the other all hollow. See All, adv.
  9. Hollo.
  10. To shout; to hollo.
  11. To urge or call by shouting.

Hollow Quotations

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.
Thomas Wolfe

August, the summer's last messenger of misery, is a hollow actor.
Henry Rollins

The call of love sounds very hollow among these immobile rocks.
Gustav Mahler
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Hollow Translations

hollow in Danish is hul
hollow in Dutch is hol, ingevallen
hollow in French is cavez, caver, cavent, cavons
hollow in Italian is concavo
hollow in Latin is alveus
hollow in Norwegian is hul, hulning, fordypning, innfallen
hollow in Portuguese is cavidade
hollow in Spanish is hondonada, vacuo
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