hollow

Definitions

General Science

Aviation

  • adjective having a space within, not solid

Military

  • noun a depression in the ground

Publishing

  • noun a space between the back and the sewn signatures
  • noun a paper tube glued to the spine of a book and to the covers, in order to strengthen the binding

Wine

Origin & History of “hollow”

modern English hole comes from an Old English adjective meaning ‘hollow’, and by a coincidental swap hollow originated in an Old English word for ‘hole’ (the two are probably ultimately related). Old English holh meant ‘hollow place’, ‘hole’, or ‘cave’, and presumably came from the same source as produced Old English hol ‘hollow’. In the early middle English period it began to be used as an adjective, its inflected form holge having become holwe, later holew or hollow.
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