1. A hollow place or cavity; an excavation; a pit; an opening in or through a solid body, a fabric, etc.; a perforation; a rent; a fissure. The holes where eyes should be. (Shak) The blind walls Were full of chinks and holes. (Tennyson) The priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid. (2 kings xii. 9)
2. An excavation in the ground, made by an animal to live in, or a natural cavity inhabited by an animal; hence, a low, narrow, or dark lodging or place; a mean habitation. The foxes have holes, . . . But the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. (Luke ix. 58)
Synonym: compass board.
Origin: oe. Hol, hole, as. Hol, hole, cavern, from hol, a, hollow; akin to D. Hol, OHG. Hol, g. Hohl, Dan.huul hollow, hul hole, Sw. Hal, Icel. Hola; prob. From the root of as. Helan to conceal. See Hele, hell, and cf. Hold of a ship.