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Meaning of hollow

hol•low

Pronunciation: (hol'ō), [key]
— adj., n., v., adv. -er, -est,
—adj.
  1. having a space or cavity inside; not solid; empty: a hollow sphere.
  2. having a depression or concavity: a hollow surface.
  3. sunken, as the cheeks or eyes.
  4. (of sound) not resonant; dull, muffled, or deep: a hollow voice.
  5. without real or significant worth; meaningless: a hollow victory.
  6. insincere or false: hollow compliments.
  7. hungry; having an empty feeling: I feel absolutely hollow, so let's eat.
—n.
  1. an empty space within anything; a hole, depression, or cavity.
  2. a valley: They took the sheep to graze in the hollow.
  3. a concavity connecting two surfaces otherwise intersecting at an obtuse angle.
—v.t.
  1. to make hollow (often fol. by out): to hollow out a log.
  2. to form by making something hollow (often fol. by out): to hollow a place in the sand; boats hollowed out of logs.
—v.i.
  1. to become hollow.
—adv.
  1. in a hollow manner: The politician's accusations rang hollow.
  2. to surpass or outdo completely: His performance beat the others all hollow.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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