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Synonyms of 'hollow'

(adjective) 
Definition
having a hole or space within
a hollow cylinder
Synonyms
empty
The room was bare and empty.
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vacant
They came upon a vacant house.
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unfilled
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not solid
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
curving inwards
hollow cheeks
Synonyms
sunken
Her cheeks were sunken and her eyes drooped.
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depressed
Manual pressure is applied to a depressed point on the body.
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indented
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concave
Remove the flesh from the concave part of the shell.
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deep-set
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
without any real value or worth
Any threat to bring in the police is a hollow one.
Synonyms
worthless
Training is worthless unless there is proof that it works.
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empty
Without my friends my life would be lonely and empty.
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useless
He realised that their money was useless in this country.
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vain
They worked all night in a vain attempt to finish on schedule.
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meaningless
They seek strong sensations to dull their sense of a meaningless existence.
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pointless
Violence is always pointless.
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futile
a futile attempt to ward off the blow
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fruitless
It was a fruitless search.
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Pyrrhic
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unavailing
a brave but unavailing fight against a terminal illness
Opposites
(adjective) 
His hollow laugh had no mirth in it.
Synonyms
insincere
He found himself surrounded by insincere flattery.
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false
She was a false friend, envious of her lifestyle and her success.
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artificial
The voice was affected, the accent artificial.
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hypocritical
It seems hypocritical to pay someone to do the dirty work for me.
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hollow-hearted
(adjective) 
Definition
(of sounds) as if echoing in a hollow place
the hollow sound of a gunshot
Synonyms
dull
The box closed with a dull thud.
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low
Her voice was so low he had to strain to catch it.
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flat
Her voice was flat, with no hope in it.
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rumbling
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muffled
She heard a muffled cough behind her.
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toneless
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reverberant
Opposites
(adjective) 
Synonyms
hungry
My friend was hungry, so we went to get some food.
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empty (informal)
Never drink on an empty stomach.
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starved
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ravenous
a pack of ravenous animals
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famished
Is dinner ready? I'm famished.
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esurient
(noun) 
Definition
a cavity or space in something
where water gathers in a hollow and forms a pond
Synonyms
cavity
The sinuses are four sets of air-filled cavities leading directly from the nose.
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hole
He took a shovel, dug a hole, and buried his possessions.
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depression
an area pockmarked by rainfilled depressions
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pit
He lost his footing and began to slide into the pit.
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cave
creatures such as bats and moths which shelter in caves
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den
The skunk makes its den in burrows and hollow logs.
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basin
countries around the Pacific Basin
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dent
There was a dent in the bonnet of the car.
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crater
A huge crater marks the spot where the explosion happened.
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cavern
an enormous cavern, with caves running in all directions from it
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excavation
excavations in the earth
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indentation
With a knife make slight indentations around the pastry.
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dimple
cellulite causes orange peel-like dimples on the skin
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concavity
Opposites
(noun) 
Definition
a dip in the land
Locals in the sleepy hollow peered out of their country cottages.
Synonyms
valley
a wooded valley set against the backdrop of Monte Rosa
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dale
farmhouses all across the dale
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glen
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dell
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Opposites
, , , , , ,
kopje or koppie (South Africa)
(verb) 
Definition
to form a hole or cavity in
Someone had hollowed out a large block of stone.
Synonyms
scoop out
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dig out
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excavate
A team of archaeologists is excavating the site.
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gouge out
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Additional synonyms

in the sense of artificial
Definition
not sincere
The voice was affected, the accent artificial.
Synonyms
in the sense of basin
Definition
a depression in the earth's surface
countries around the Pacific Basin
Synonyms
bed,
concavity
in the sense of cave
Definition
a hollow in the side of a hill or cliff, or underground
creatures such as bats and moths which shelter in caves

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