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Dent vs. Hollow

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Dentnoun

A shallow deformation in the surface of an object, produced by an impact.

‘The crash produced a dent in the left side of the car.’;

Hollownoun

A small valley between mountains.

‘He built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Rockies.’;

Dentnoun

A type of maize/corn with a relatively soft outer hull, and a soft type of starch that shrinks at maturity to leave an indentation in the surface of the kernel.

Hollownoun

A sunken area or unfilled space in something solid; a cavity, natural or artificial.

‘the hollow of the hand or of a tree’;

Dentnoun

A sudden negative change, such as loss, damage, weakening, consumption or diminution, especially one produced by an external force, event or action

‘That purchase put a bit of a dent in my wallet.’;

Hollownoun

(US) A sunken area.

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Dentnoun

(engineering) A tooth, as of a card, a gear wheel, etc.

Hollownoun

(figuratively) A feeling of emptiness.

‘a hollow in the pit of one's stomach’;

Dentnoun

(weaving) A slot or a wire in a reed

Hollowverb

(transitive) to make a hole in something; to excavate

Dentverb

(transitive) To impact something, producing a dent.

Hollowverb

To urge or call by shouting; to hollo.

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Dentverb

(intransitive) To develop a dent or dents.

‘Copper is soft and dents easily.’;

Hollowadjective

(of something solid) Having an empty space or cavity inside.

‘a hollow tree; a hollow sphere’;

Dentnoun

A stroke; a blow.

Hollowadjective

(of a sound) Distant, eerie; echoing, reverberating, as if in a hollow space; dull, muffled; often low-pitched.

‘He let out a hollow moan.’;

Dentnoun

A slight depression, or small notch or hollow, made by a blow or by pressure; an indentation.

‘A blow that would have made a dent in a pound of butter.’;

Hollowadjective

(figuratively) Without substance; having no real or significant worth; meaningless.

‘a hollow victory’;

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Dentnoun

A tooth, as of a card, a gear wheel, etc.

Hollowadjective

(figuratively) Insincere, devoid of validity; specious.

‘a hollow promise’;

Dentverb

To make a dent upon; to indent.

‘The houses dented with bullets.’;

Hollowadjective

concave; gaunt; sunken.

Dentnoun

an appreciable consequence (especially a lessening);

‘it made a dent in my bank account’;

Hollowadjective

(gymnastics) pertaining to hollow body position

Dentnoun

a depression scratched or carved into a surface

Hollowadverb

(colloquial) Completely, as part of the phrase beat hollow or beat all hollow.

Dentnoun

an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)

Hollowinterjection

alternative form of hollo

Dentverb

make a depression into;

‘The bicycle dented my car’;

Hollowadjective

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.’;

Hollowadjective

Depressed; concave; gaunt; sunken.

‘With hollow eye and wrinkled brow.’;

Hollowadjective

Reverberated from a cavity, or resembling such a sound; deep; muffled; as, a hollow roar.

Hollowadjective

Not sincere or faithful; false; deceitful; not sound; as, a hollow heart; a hollow friend.

Hollownoun

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.

Hollownoun

A low spot surrounded by elevations; a depressed part of a surface; a concavity; a channel.

‘Forests grewUpon the barren hollows.’; ‘I hate the dreadful hollow behind the little wood.’;

Hollowverb

To make hollow, as by digging, cutting, or engraving; to excavate.

Hollowverb

To shout; to hollo.

‘Whisperings and hollowings are alike to a deaf ear.’;

Hollowverb

To urge or call by shouting.

‘He has hollowed the hounds.’;

Hollowadverb

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.’;

Hollowinterjection

Hollo.

Hollownoun

a cavity or space in something;

‘hunger had caused the hollows in their cheeks’;

Hollownoun

a small valley between mountains;

‘he built himself a cabin in a hollow high up in the Appalachians’;

Hollownoun

a depression hollowed out of solid matter

Hollowverb

remove the inner part or the core of;

‘the mining company wants to excavate the hillsite’;

Hollowverb

remove the interior of;

‘hollow out a tree trunk’;

Hollowadjective

not solid; having a space or gap or cavity;

‘a hollow wall’; ‘a hollow tree’; ‘hollow cheeks’; ‘his face became gaunter and more hollow with each year’;

Hollowadjective

deliberately deceptive;

‘hollow (or false) promises’; ‘false pretenses’;

Hollowadjective

as if echoing in a hollow space;

‘the hollow sound of footsteps in the empty ballroom’;

Hollowadjective

devoid of significance or point;

‘empty promises’; ‘a hollow victory’; ‘vacuous comments’;

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