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  ( hollows    plural & 3rd person present)   ( hollowing    present participle)   ( hollowed    past tense & past participle  )
1       adj   Something that is hollow has a space inside it, as opposed to being solid all the way through.  
...a hollow tree., ...a hollow cylinder.     
2       adj   A surface that is hollow curves inwards.  
He looked young, dark and sharp-featured, with hollow cheeks.     
3       n-count   A hollow is a hole inside a tree.  
I made my home there, in the hollow of a dying elm.     
4       n-count   A hollow is an area that is lower than the surrounding surface.  
oft N of/in/between n  
Below him the town lay warm in the hollow of the hill.     
5       adj   If you describe a statement, situation, or person as hollow, you mean they have no real value, worth, or effectiveness.  
usu ADJ n  
Any threat to bring in the police is a hollow one.     
  hollowness      n-uncount   oft N of/behind n  
One month before the deadline we see the hollowness of these promises.     
6       adj   If someone gives a hollow laugh, they laugh in a way that shows that they do not really find something amusing.  
ADJ n  
Murray Pick's hollow laugh had no mirth in it.     
7       adj   A hollow sound is dull and echoing.  
ADJ n  
...the hollow sound of a gunshot.     
8       verb   If something is hollowed, its surface is made to curve inwards or downwards.  
usu passive  
The mule's back was hollowed by the weight of its burden.      be V-ed  
...her high, elegantly hollowed cheekbones.      V-ed  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    empty, not solid, unfilled, vacant, void  
2    cavernous, concave, deep-set, depressed, indented, sunken  
3    deep, dull, expressionless, flat, low, muffled, muted, reverberant, rumbling, sepulchral, toneless  
4    empty, fruitless, futile, meaningless, pointless, Pyrrhic, specious, unavailing, useless, vain, wanky     (taboo slang)   worthless  
5    empty, esurient, famished, hungry, ravenous, starved  
6    artificial, cynical, deceitful, faithless, false, flimsy, hollow-hearted, hypocritical, insincere, treacherous, unsound, weak  
7    beat (someone) hollow        (informal)   defeat, hammer     (informal)   outdo, overcome, rout, thrash, trounce, worst  
8    basin, bowl, cave, cavern, cavity, concavity, crater, cup, den, dent, depression, dimple, excavation, hole, indentation, pit, trough  
9    bottom, dale, dell, dingle, glen, valley  
10    channel, dig, dish, excavate, furrow, gouge, groove, pit, scoop  
,       adj  
1    full, occupied, solid  
2    convex, rounded  
3    expressive, vibrant  
4    gratifying, meaningful, pleasing, satisfying, valuable, worthwhile  
6    genuine  
8    bump, mound, projection  
9    bluff, height, hill, knoll, mountain, rise  

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(of sound) hollow and deep-sounding
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