<electronics> The absence of an electron in a semiconductor material. In the electron model, a hole can be thought of as an incomplete outer electron shell in a doping substance. Holes can also be thought of as positive charge carriers; while this is in a sense a fiction, it is a useful abstraction.

(01 Mar 1995)

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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)

Synonyms: Hollow, concavity, aperture, rent, fissure, crevice, orifice, interstice, perforation, excavation, pit, cave, den, cell.

Hole and corner, clandestine, underhand. "The wretched trickery of hole and corner buffery. " . Hole board, a board having holes through which cords pass which lift certain warp threads.

Synonyms: 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.

(01 Mar 1998)

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