hole vs whole : Common Errors in English

About hole vs whole

“Hole” and “whole” have almost opposite meanings. A hole is a lack of something, like the hole in a doughnut (despite the confusing fact that the little nubbins of fried dough are called “doughnut holes”). “Whole” means things like entire, complete, and healthy and is used in expressions like “the whole thing,” “whole milk,” “whole wheat,” and “with a whole heart.”

hole Meaning(s)

  • (n) an opening into or through something
  • (n) an opening deliberately made in or through something
  • (n) one playing period (from tee to green) on a golf course
  • (n) an unoccupied space
  • (n) a depression hollowed out of solid matter
  • (n) a fault
  • (n) informal terms for a difficult situation
  • (n) informal terms for the mouth
  • (v) hit the ball into the hole
  • (v) make holes in

whole Meaning(s)

  • (n) all of something including all its component elements or parts
  • (n) an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity
  • (a) including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete
  • (a) (of siblings) having the same parents
  • (s) not injured
  • (s) exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
  • (s) acting together as a single undiversified whole
  • (r) to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')

hole in News

  1. TRAFFIC: Hole closes WB 138th @ BBD

    A sewer pipe break opened a hole underneath 138th Ave at Bruce B. Downs Blvd in North Tampa.  West bound lanes of 138th Ave are closed until repairs can be made.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: ABC Action News Tampa Bay

  2. Hole opens in middle of road, nearly trapping car

    A hole approximately 6 feet wide and approximately 30 feet deep has opened in the middle of a north
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Bay News 9 Tampa Bay

  3. Hole in one for Mike Taylor at Ridge Tournament Player's Course

    Mike Taylor of Maple Valley hit a hole in one Saturday, June 1, at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. He hit a 189-yard shot to sink one on the TPC’s sixth hole.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Snoqualmie Valley Record

whole in News

  1. Whole Foods Holds Career Fair In Addison

    As Whole Foods continues to grow in North Texas, the company is looking for help. The grocer is holding an invitation-only career fair in Addison today and tomorrow.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: CBS Dallas - Fort Worth

  2. Whole Foods’ Detroit Store Goes Local

    DETROIT — Whole Foods Market held a vendor fair to find the right assortment of local foods for its first store here. read more
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Supermarket News

  3. Whole Foods To Host Local Supplier Fair At Coton Colors Today

    Whole Foods Market, which will open its 20th Florida store in Tallahassee this fall, is hosting a Local Supplier Fair today (June 10) at 3 p.m.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: WCTV Tallahassee

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