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hole

1. an animal's hiding place or burrow
2. the cavity in various games into which the ball must be thrust
3. on a golf course
a. the cup on each of the greens
b. each of the divisions of a course (usually 18) represented by the distance between the tee and a green
c. the score made in striking the ball from the tee into the hole
4. Physics
a. a vacancy in a nearly full band of quantum states of electrons in a semiconductor or an insulator. Under the action of an electric field holes behave as carriers of positive charge
b. (as modifier): hole current
c. a vacancy in the nearly full continuum of quantum states of negative energy of fermions. A hole appears as the antiparticle of the fermion
5. in the hole Chiefly US
a. (of a card, the hole card, in stud poker) dealt face down in the first round
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Hole

 

(in solid-state band theory), an unoccupied electron energy state—for example, in the valence zone of a semiconductor. Holes behave like particles (quasi-particles) with a positive charge equal in absolute value to the electron’s charge, and like conduction electrons, they are charge carriers in semiconductors (hole conductivity).

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What does it mean when you dream about a hole?

A hole in the ground represents a pitfall if one dreams of falling into a hole or one’s life is represented by dark holes. It can also mean that the dreamer is “stuck” in a hole or that something is hidden. (See also Cave, Pit).

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hole

[hōl]
(solid-state physics)
A vacant electron energy state near the top of an energy band in a solid; behaves as though it were a positively charged particle. Also known as electron hole.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hole

(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.
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Hole

(dreams)
Holes, as all other dream symbols, can only be appropriately interpreted by considering the details and the emotional content of the dream. Holes in socks, clothing, furniture, etc., may represent feelings of faultiness or depravation. You may be bringing your attention to the fact that there is something missing or in need of repair in your life. At times holes can represent the female sex organs. Dark holes can symbolize the great “unknown” or the entrance to the unconscious. If there are many negative or frightening feelings associated with this dream, you may be becoming aware of some problematic or troublesome situation in your life.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
References in classic literature ?
Eye-witnesses of that great encounter will tell the story of the last hole to their dying day.
Finally, when Archibald's twenty-first stroke sent the ball trickling into the hole, Gossett had played his thirtieth.
The ball had hardly rested on the bottom of the hole before Gossett had begun to tear the telegrams from their envelopes.
He knew that Gossett would win the necessary ten holes off the reel.
His sorrows were not alleviated by the fact that Gossett won the fifth and sixth holes.
But when he won two more holes, bringing the score to like-as-we-lie, it flamed up within him like a beacon.
The bight of the pack-rope under the dead man's shoulders enabled him to heave the body out of the hole. Then he set to work gathering up his gold.
He dragged the body to the edge of the hole and toppled it in.
With pick and shovel he filled the hole. Then he loaded the gold on his horse.
His lines of crosscutting holes were growing very short.
The first cross-cut the man made, there was space for only three holes, so narrow had become the pay-streak and so close was he to the fountainhead of the golden stream he had been following for four days.
When I began to cut holes for sounding there were three or four inches of water on the ice under a deep snow which had sunk it thus far; but the water began immediately to run into these holes, and continued to run for two days in deep streams, which wore away the ice on every side, and contributed essentially, if not mainly, to dry the surface of the pond; for, as the water ran in, it raised and floated the ice.