Hollow

Definition of Hollow

Hol`low´
a.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.
Hollow with boards shalt thou make it.
- Ex. xxvii. 8.
2.Depressed; concave; gaunt; sunken.
With hollow eye and wrinkled brow.
- Shak.
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.
Hollow newel
(Arch.) an opening in the center of a winding staircase in place of a newel post, the stairs being supported by the wall; an open newel; also, the stringpiece or rail winding around the well of such a staircase.
Hollow quoin
(Engin.) a pier of stone or brick made behind the lock gates of a canal, and containing a hollow or recess to receive the ends of the gates.
Hollow root
(Bot.) See Moschatel.
Hollow square
See Square.
Hollow ware
hollow vessels; - a trade name for cast-iron kitchen utensils, earthenware, etc.
n.1.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.
2.A low spot surrounded by elevations; a depressed part of a surface; a concavity; a channel.
I hate the dreadful hollow behind the little wood.
- Tennyson.
v. t.1.To make hollow, as by digging, cutting, or engraving; to excavate.
[imp. & p. p. Hollowed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Hollowing.]
adv.1.Wholly; completely; utterly; - chiefly after the verb to beat, and often with all; as, this story beats the other all hollow. See All, adv.
The more civilized so-called Caucasian races have beaten the Turks hollow in the struggle for existence.
- Darwin.
interj.1.Hollo.
v. i.1.To shout; to hollo.
Whisperings and hollowings are alike to a deaf ear.
- Fuller.
v. t.1.To urge or call by shouting.
He has hollowed the hounds.
- Sir W. Scott.

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