Hide vs Hole - What's the difference?

hide | hole |

As a verb hide

is to put (something) in a place where it will be harder to discover or out of sight or hide can be to beat with a whip made from hide.

As a noun hide

is (countable) (mainly british) a covered structure from which hunters, birdwatchers, etc can observe animals without scaring them or hide can be (countable) the skin of an animal or hide can be a medieval land measure equal to the amount of land that could sustain one free family; usually 100 acres forty hides equalled a barony.

As a proper noun hole is

a municipality in buskerud, norway.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Etymology 1

From (etyl) hiden, huden, from (etyl) . Related to (l) and (l).


  • To put (something) in a place where it will be harder to discover or out of sight.
  • * 1856 , (Gustave Flaubert), (Madame Bovary), Part III Chapter XI, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling
  • The blind man, whom he had not been able to cure with the pomade, had gone back to the hill of Bois-Guillaume, where he told the travellers of the vain attempt of the druggist, to such an extent, that Homais when he went to town hid himself behind the curtains of the "Hirondelle" to avoid meeting him.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-19, author=(Timothy Garton Ash)
  • , volume=189, issue=6, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Where Dr Pangloss meets Machiavelli , passage=Hidden behind thickets of acronyms and gorse bushes of detail, a new great game is under way across the globe. Some call it geoeconomics, but it's geopolitics too. The current power play consists of an extraordinary range of countries simultaneously sitting down to negotiate big free trade and investment agreements.}}
  • To put oneself in a place where one will be harder to find or out of sight.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= William E. Conner
  • , title= An Acoustic Arms Race , volume=101, issue=3, page=206-7, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Nonetheless, some insect prey take advantage of clutter by hiding in it. Earless ghost swift moths become “invisible” to echolocating bats by forming mating clusters close (less than half a meter) above vegetation and effectively blending into the clutter of echoes that the bat receives from the leaves and stems around them.}}
    * (transitive) conceal, hide away, secrete * (intransitive) go undercover, hide away, hide oneself, hide out, lie low
    * (transitive) disclose, expose, reveal, show, uncover * (intransitive) reveal oneself, show oneself
    Derived terms
    * hide and seek / hide-and-seek * hideaway * hideout * hide one's light under a bushel * hider * one can run but one can't hide


    (en noun)
  • (countable) (mainly British) A covered structure from which hunters, birdwatchers, etc can observe animals without scaring them.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) , 'to cover'. More at (l).


    (en noun)
  • (countable) The skin of an animal.
  • (obsolete, or, derogatory) The human skin.
  • * Shakespeare
  • O tiger's heart, wrapped in a woman's hide !
  • (uncountable, informal, usually, US) One's own life or personal safety, especially when in peril.
  • * 1957 , (Ayn Rand), Francisco d'Anconia's speech in (Atlas Shrugged):
  • The rotter who simpers that he sees no difference between the power of money and the power of the whip, ought to learn the difference on his own hide —as I think he will.
    * (animal skin) pelt, skin * (land measure) carucate
    Derived terms
    * cowhide * damn your hide * have someone's hide * rawhide * tan someone's hide


  • To beat with a whip made from hide.
  • * 1891 , Robert Weir, J. Moray Brown, Riding
  • He ran last week, and he was hided , and he was out on the day before yesterday, and here he is once more, and he knows he's got to run and to be hided again.

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) hide, from (etyl) . More at (l), (l).


    (en noun)
  • A medieval land measure equal to the amount of land that could sustain one free family; usually 100 acres. Forty hides equalled a barony.
  • hole


    (wikipedia hole)


    (en noun)
  • A hollow place or cavity; an excavation; a pit; an opening in or through a solid body, a fabric, etc.; a perforation; a rent; a fissure.
  • :
  • *(Bible), 2 (w) xii.9:
  • *:The priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:the holes where eyes should be
  • * (1809-1892)
  • *:The blind walls were full of chinks and holes .
  • *
  • *:Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
  • #An opening in a solid.
  • #:
  • (lb) In games.
  • #(lb) A subsurface standard-size hole, also called cup, hitting the ball into which is the object of play. Each hole, of which there are usually eighteen as the standard on a full course, is located on a prepared surface, called the green, of a particular type grass.
  • #(lb) The part of a game in which a player attempts to hit the ball into one of the holes.
  • #:
  • #(lb) The rear portion of the defensive team between the shortstop and the third baseman.
  • #:
  • #(lb) A square on the board, with some positional significance, that a player does not, and cannot in future, control with a friendly pawn.
  • #(lb) A card (also called a hole card ) dealt face down thus unknown to all but its holder; the status in which such a card is.
  • An excavation pit or trench.
  • (lb) A weakness, a flaw
  • :
  • *2011 , - (We Are Young)
  • *:But between the drinks and subtle things / The holes in my apologies, you know /
  • (lb) A container or receptacle.
  • :
  • (lb) In semiconductors, a lack of an electron in an occupied band behaving like a positively charged particle.
  • (lb) A security vulnerability in software which can be taken advantage of by an exploit.
  • (lb) An orifice, in particular the anus.
  • Solitary confinement, a high-security prison cell often used as punishment.
  • (lb) An undesirable place to live or visit; a hovel.
  • :
  • (lb) Difficulty, in particular, debt.
  • :
  • Synonyms

    * See also * (solitary confinement) administrative segregation, AdSeg, block (UK), cooler (UK), hotbox, lockdown, pound, SCU, security housing unit, SHU, special handling unit

    Derived terms

    * ace in the hole * arsehole, asshole * black hole * bolthole * bullet hole * burn a hole in one's pocket * button hole * cakehole * countersunk hole * cubby hole * donut hole * dry hole * electron hole * fox-hole, fox hole, foxhole * glory hole * gnamma hole {{rel-mid3} * gunk-hole * hellhole * hole in one * hole-in-the-wall * hole punch * hole state * holey * in the hole * keyhole * know one's ass from a hole in the ground * loophole * man-hole, manhole * mouse-hole, mousehole * nineteenth hole * pesthole * pigeonhole * pilot hole * poophole * pothole * pritchel hole * rathole * sink hole * sound hole * toad-in-the-hole * top-hole * touch hole * watering hole * white hole * wonky hole


  • To make holes in (an object or surface).
  • (by extension) To destroy.
  • To go or get into a hole.
  • (Ben Jonson)
  • To cut, dig, or bore a hole or holes in.
  • to hole a post for the insertion of rails or bars
  • To drive into a hole, as an animal, or a billiard ball or golf ball.
  • (hele)
  • Derived terms

    * holeable * holer * hole up


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