Pronunciation: (hol'ō), [key]
—adj., -er, -est,
—n., v., adv.
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.
1. an empty space within anything; a hole, depression, or cavity.
2. a valley: They took the sheep to graze in the hollow.
3. Foundry.a concavity connecting two surfaces otherwise intersecting at an obtuse angle.
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.
to become hollow.
1. in a hollow manner: The politician's accusations rang hollow.
2. beat all hollow, to surpass or outdo completely: His performance beat the others all hollow. Also,beat hollow.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.