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holey
holey [hōl′ē] adj. 〚ME〛 having a hole or holes * * * hol·ey (hōʹlē) adj. hol·i·er, hol·i·est Having holes or full of holes. * * *
Holguín
/awl geen"/, n. a city in NE Cuba. 131,656. * * * ▪ Cuba       city, southeastern Cuba. Founded in the early 16th century, it became a centre of insurgency movements ...
Holi
/hoh"lee/, n. the Hindu spring festival. [1905-10; < Hind holi < Prakrit holiya < Skt holika] * * * Hindu spring festival. It is held on the full-moon day of Phalguna ...
holiatry
/hoh"lee a'tree, hoh luy"euh-/, n. holism (def. 2). [HOL- + -IATRY] * * *
holibut
/hol"euh beuht/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) holibut, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) holibuts. halibut. * * *
holiday
/hol"i day'/, n. 1. a day fixed by law or custom on which ordinary business is suspended in commemoration of some event or in honor of some person. 2. any day of exemption from ...
Holiday
/hol"i day'/, n. Billie ("Lady Day"), 1915-59, U.S. jazz singer. * * * ▪ social practice       (from “holy day”), originally, a day of dedication to religious ...
Holiday Inn{™}
any of the group of hotels owned by the US company Intercontinental Hotels Group, the largest of its kind in the world, with hotels in 70 countries. The first Holiday Inn opened ...
holiday village
➡ holidays and vacations * * *
Holiday, Billie
orig. Eleanora Fagan born April 7, 1915, Baltimore, Md., U.S. died July 17, 1959, New York, N.Y. U.S. jazz singer. She was "discovered" while she was singing in a Harlem ...
Holiday,Eleanora
Hol·i·day (hŏlʹĭ-dā'), Eleanora. Known as “Billie.” 1915-1959. American singer. The emotional intensity of her performances made Holiday the leading female jazz ...
holidayer
/hol"i day'euhr/, n. vacationer. [1885-90; HOLIDAY + -ER1] * * *
holidaymaker
/hol"i day may'keuhr/, n. Brit. vacationer. [1830-40; HOLIDAY + MAKER] * * *
holidaymakers
➡ holidays and vacations * * *
holidays
holidays [häl′ədāz΄] adv. during every holiday or most holidays * * *
holidays and vacations
Holiday in American English means a day that is special for some reason. Most people do not go to work on an important holiday, but may do so on a minor one. Few people have to ...
holier-than-thou
/hoh"lee euhr dheuhn dhow"/, adj. 1. obnoxiously pious; sanctimonious; self-righteous. n. 2. a person who is obnoxiously pious or self-righteous. [1910-15] * * *
holily
/hoh"leuh lee/, adv. in a pious, devout, or sacred manner. [1150-1200; ME; haliliy. See HOLY, -LY] * * *
holiness
/hoh"lee nis/, n. 1. the quality or state of being holy; sanctity. 2. (cap.) a title of the pope, formerly used also of other high ecclesiastics (usually prec. by His or ...
Holiness movement
Fundamentalist religious movement that arose in the 19th century among Protestant churches in the U.S. It was characterized by the doctrine of sanctification, according to which ...
Holiness, Code of
▪ biblical regulations       collection of secular, ritualistic, moral, and festival regulations in the Old Testament Book of Leviticus, chapters 17–26. The code ...
Holinshed
/hol"inz hed', hol"in shed'/, n. Raphael, died c1580, English chronicler. Also, Hollingshead. * * *
Holinshed, Raphael
died с 1580 English chronicler. From с 1560 Holinshed lived in London, where he was employed as a translator by Reginald Wolfe, who was preparing a universal history. ...
Holinshed,Raphael
Hol·in·shed (hŏlʹən-shĕd', -ĭnz-hĕd') Hol·lings·head (-ĭngz-hĕd'), Raphael. Died c. 1580. English historian. His volume Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland ...
holism
—holist, n. /hoh"liz euhm/, n. Philos. 1. the theory that whole entities, as fundamental components of reality, have an existence other than as the mere sum of their parts. Cf. ...
holist
See holism. * * *
holistic
—holistically, adv. /hoh lis"tik/, adj. 1. incorporating the concept of holism in theory or practice: holistic psychology. 2. identifying with principles of holism in a system ...
holistic medicine
Doctrine of prevention and treatment that emphasizes looking at the whole person body, mind, emotions, and environment rather than a single function or organ. It promotes use of ...
holistically
See holistic. * * *
holisticmedicine
holistic medicine n. An approach to medical care that emphasizes the study of all aspects of a person's health, including physical, psychological, social, economic, and cultural ...
Holkar dynasty
▪ Indian dynasty       Maratha (Marāṭhā) rulers of Indore in India. The family, of peasant origin and of shepherd caste, was said to have migrated from the Mathura ...
holla
holla [häl′ə, hə lä′] interj., n., vi., vt. 〚< Fr holà < ho, HO1 + là, there < L illac, there〛 HOLLO * * *
Holland
/hol"euhnd/, n. 1. John Philip, 1840-1914, Irish inventor in the U.S. 2. Sir Sidney (George), 1893-1961, New Zealand political leader: prime minister 1949-57. 3. the ...
Holland (of Foxley and of Holland), Henry Richard Vassall Fox, 3rd Baron
born Nov. 21, 1773, Winterslow, Wiltshire, Eng. died Oct. 22, 1840, London British Whig politician. He was the nephew and disciple of Charles James Fox, whose ideas he ...
Holland finish
an oil and sizing or starch finish applied to cotton fabrics to increase their opacity and strength. Also called Holland. * * *
Holland Tunnel
▪ tunnel, New Jersey-New York, United States       twin-tube tunnel under the Hudson River connecting Canal Street in Manhattan, New York City, with 12th and 14th ...
Holland, Brian and Eddie
orig. Edward Holland born Feb. 15, 1941, Detroit, Mich., U.S. born Oct. 30, 1939, Detroit, Mich., U.S. U.S. songwriters and producers. In 1962 the brothers formed a team with ...
Holland, Endesha Ida Mae
▪ 2007 Ida Mae Holland        American playwright (b. Aug. 29, 1944, Greenwood, Miss.—d. Jan. 25, 2006, Santa Monica, Calif.), was the author of the riveting From the ...
Holland, Henry
▪ British architect born July 20, 1745 died June 17, 1806, London, Eng.       English architect whose elegant, simple Neoclassicism (Classicism and Neoclassicism) ...
Holland, Henry Edmund
▪ New Zealander labour leader born June 10, 1868, Ginninderra, New South Wales died Oct. 8, 1933, Waihi, N.Z.       Australian-born labour leader who helped found the ...
Holland, Henry Fox, 1st Baron
▪ British politician born September 28, 1705 died July 1, 1774, Kensington, near London       English politician, notable chiefly for the success with which he ...
Holland, Henry Richard Vassall Fox, 3rd Baron
▪ British politician born November 21, 1773, Winterslow, Wiltshire, England died October 22, 1840, London       British Whig politician, associate of the party leader ...
Holland, John Henry
▪ American mathematician born February 2, 1929, Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.       one of the pioneering theorists in nonlinear mathematics and the use of new mathematical ...
Holland, John Philip
▪ American inventor born Feb. 29, 1840, Liscannor, County Clare, Ire. died Aug. 12, 1914, Newark, N.J., U.S.       father of the modern submarine, who designed and ...
Holland, Parts of
▪ former division, England, United Kingdom also called  Holland        formerly one of the three separately administered divisions of the historic county of ...
Holland, Sir Erskine
▪ British legal scholar born July 17, 1835, Brighton, Sussex, Eng. died May 24, 1926, Oxford       English legal writer and teacher of international law whose ...
Holland, Sir Sidney
▪ prime minister of New Zealand born Oct. 18, 1893, Greendale, N.Z. died Aug. 5, 1961, Wellington  leader of New Zealand's National Party (1940–57) who, as prime minister ...
Holland, Vyvyan Oscar Beresford
▪ British writer born Nov. 3, 1886, London died Oct. 10, 1967, London       writer and translator, the second son of the poet and playwright Oscar Wilde (Wilde, Oscar). ...
Holland-Dozier-Holland
▪ American songwriting team  American production and songwriting team credited with largely shaping the sound of Motown Records in the 1960s. Brian Holland (b. Feb. 15, ...
hollandaise sauce
/hol"euhn dayz', hol'euhn dayz"/ a sauce of egg yolks, butter, lemon juice, and seasonings. [1905-10; < F sauce hollandaise Dutch sauce] * * *
hollandaisesauce
hol·lan·daise sauce (hŏlʹən-dāz') n. A rich creamy sauce made of butter, egg yolks, and lemon juice or vinegar.   [From French (sauce) Hollandaise, Holland-style, from ...
Hollander
/hol"euhn deuhr/, n. 1. John, born 1929, U.S. poet and critic. 2. a native or inhabitant of the Netherlands. [1540-50; HOLLAND + -ER1] * * *
Hollandia
/ho lan"dee euh/, n. former name of Jayapura. * * *
Hollands
/hol"euhndz/, n. (used with a sing. v.) a gin, originally made in Holland, in which the juniper is mixed in the mash. Also called Holland gin. [1705-15; < D hollandsch (genever) ...
Hollar, Wenceslaus
▪ Bohemian etcher Bohemian  Vaclav Hollar , Wenceslaus also given as  Wenzel  born July 23, 1607, Prague died March 25, 1677, London       Bohemian etcher whose ...
holler
holler1 /hol"euhr/, v.i. 1. to cry aloud; shout; yell: Quit hollering into the phone. v.t. 2. to shout or yell (something): He hollered insults back into the saloon. n. 3. a loud ...
Hollerith code
/hol"euh rith/, Computers. a system for coding data into punched cards, in which each horizontal row is assigned a different value, and letters, numbers, or special characters ...
Hollerith, Herman
born Feb. 29, 1860, Buffalo, N.Y., U.S. died Nov. 17, 1929, Washington, D.C. U.S. inventor. He attended Columbia University's School of Mines and later assisted in the 1880 ...
Hollerith,Herman
Hol·ler·ith (hŏlʹə-rĭth'), Herman. 1860-1929. American inventor who created a system of recording and retrieving information on punched cards (1880) and founded the ...
Hollerithcard
Hollerith card n. See punch card.   [After Hollerith, Herman.] * * *
Hollerithcode
Hollerith code n. A code used for recording alphanumeric information on punch cards.   [After Hollerith, Herman.] * * *
Holles, Denzil Holles, 1st Baron
▪ English statesman born October 18, 1598, Houghton, Nottinghamshire, England died February 17, 1680  English Presbyterian who was a leading but moderate Parliamentary ...
Holley
/hol"ee/, n. Robert William, born 1922, U.S. biochemist: Nobel prize for medicine 1968. * * *
Holley, Marietta
▪ American humorist born July 16, 1836, Jefferson county, N.Y., U.S. died March 1, 1926, Jefferson county  American humorist who popularized women's rights and temperance ...
Holley, Robert William
born Jan. 28, 1922, Urbana, Ill., U.S. died Feb. 11, 1993, Los Gatos, Calif. U.S. biochemist. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Holley and others showed that ...
Holley,Robert William
Hol·ley (hŏlʹē), Robert William. 1922-1993. American biochemist. He shared a 1968 Nobel Prize for the study of genetic codes. * * *
Holliday
(1852–87) a dentist who gambled and often fought with guns in the American Wild West. He was born John Henry Holliday in Georgia and moved west in the 1870s for his health. He ...
Holliday, Doc
orig. John Henry Holliday (baptized March 21, 1852, Griffin, Ga., U.S. died Nov. 8, 1887, Glenwood Springs, Colo.) U.S. gambler and gunman. After graduating from dental school ...
Holliday, Judy
▪ American actress original name  Judith Tuvim  born June 21, 1921, New York, New York, U.S. died June 7, 1965, New York City  American actress noted for her distinctive ...
Holliday,Judith Tuvim
Hol·li·day (hŏlʹĭ-dā'), Judith Tuvim. Known as “Judy.” 1922-1965. American comedian best remembered for her performance in the play (1946-1950) and film (1950) Born ...
Hollies, the
▪ British rock group       five-piece rock group from Manchester, England, that enjoyed many hits in the 1960s both before and after losing singer-guitarist Graham Nash ...
Hollingshead
/hol"ingz hed'/, n. Holinshed. * * *
Hollingshead,Raphael
Hol·lings·head (hŏlʹĭngz-hĕd'), Raphael. See Holinshed, Raphael. * * *
Hollister
/hol"euh steuhr/, n. a town in W California. 11,488. * * *
Hollister, Charles Davis
▪ 2000       American marine geologist whose pioneering studies of the deep-sea floor revealed the strong currents and storms that occur there; in the 1970s he extracted ...
Holliston
/hol"euh steuhn/, n. a city in NE Massachusetts. 12,622. * * *
hollo
hollo [häl′ō΄, hə lō′] interj., n. pl. hollos 〚var. of HOLLA, HALLO〛 1. (a shout or call) used as to attract a person's attention or to urge on hounds in hunting 2. ...
hollow
—hollowly, adv. —hollowness, n. /hol"oh/, adj., hollower, hollowest, n., v., adv. adj. 1. having a space or cavity inside; not solid; empty: a hollow sphere. 2. having a ...
hollow back
—hollow-backed, adj. Bookbinding. a paper tube or roll, almost flattened, having one side glued to the back of a book and the other to the inside of the spine. * * *
hollow leg
an ability or inclination to drink large quantities of alcoholic beverages, esp. without evident drunkenness. * * *
hollow newel
a narrow wellhole in a winding staircase. * * *
hollow sea
an ocean wave formation in which the rise from troughs to crests is very steep. [1720-30] * * *
hollow tile
tile (def. 5). [1910-15] * * *
hollow-eyed
/hol"oh uyd'/, adj. having sunken eyes. [1520-30] * * *
hollow-forge
/hol"oh fawrj", -fohrj"/, v.t., hollow-forged, hollow-forging. to produce (a tube or vessel) by trepanning a hole in a forging and expanding it with further forging on a ...
hollow-ground
/hol"oh grownd"/, adj. ground so as to produce a concave surface or surfaces behind a cutting edge: the hollow-ground blade of an ice skate. [1880-85] * * *
holloware
holloware [häl′ō wer΄] n. serving dishes and table accessories, esp. of silver, that are relatively hollow or concave: cf. FLATWARE: also hollow-ware * * *
Holloway
(also Holloway prison) a large prison for women in north London, England. * * *
Holloway prison
➡ Holloway * * *
Holloway, Thomas
▪ British medicine merchant and philanthropist born Sept. 22, 1800, Devonport, Devonshire died Dec. 26, 1883, Tittenhurst, Berkshire       patent-medicine merchant and ...
hollowly
See hollow. * * *
hollowness
See hollowly. * * *
Hollows, Frederick Cossom
▪ 1994       New Zealand-born Australian physician (b. April 9, 1929, Dunedin, N.Z.—d. Feb. 10, 1993, Sydney, Australia), was a leader in the campaign to combat eye ...
hollowware
/hol"oh wair'/, n. silver dishes, as serving dishes, having some depth (distinguished from flatware). Also, holloware. [1675-85; HOLLOW + WARE1] * * * ▪ ...
holluschick
/hol"euhs chik'/, n., pl. holluschickie /-chik'ee/. a young male fur seal. [1870-75; earlier holluschickie collective pl., by folk etym. < Russ kholostyakí, pl. of KHOLOSTYÁK ...
holly
/hol"ee/, n., pl. hollies. 1. any of numerous trees or shrubs of the genus Ilex, as I. opaca (American holly), the state tree of Delaware, or I. aquifolium (English holly), ...
Holly
/hol"ee/, n. a female or male given name. * * * Any of approximately 400 species of red-or black-berried ornamental shrubs and trees that make up the genus Ilex (family ...
Holly and the Ivy
the title and first line of a popular Christmas carol (= religious song). ➡ note at carols and carol singing. * * *
Holly Hunter
➡ Hunter * * *
holly oak.
See holm oak. [1590-1600] * * *
Holly Springs
▪ Mississippi, United States  city, seat (1836) of Marshall county, northern Mississippi, U.S. It lies about 45 miles (70 km) southeast of Memphis, ...
Holly, Buddy
orig. Charles Hardin Holley born Sept. 7, 1936, Lubbock, Texas, U.S. died Feb. 3, 1959, near Clear Lake, Iowa U.S. singer and songwriter. He played in country music bands ...
Holly,Buddy
Hol·ly (hŏlʹē), Buddy. Originally Charles Hardin Holley. 1938-1959. American singer, guitarist, and songwriter who greatly influenced the development of rock 'n' roll with ...
hollyhock
/hol"ee hok', -hawk'/, n. any of several plants belonging to the genus Alcea (or Althaea), of the mallow family, native to Eurasia, esp. A. rosea, a tall plant having a long ...
hollyoak
holly oak n. See holm oak. * * *
Hollywood
—Hollywoodite, Hollywooder, n. /hol"ee wood'/, n. 1. the NW part of Los Angeles, Calif.: center of the American motion-picture industry. 2. a city in SE Florida, near Miami: ...
Hollywood bed
a bed consisting of a metal frame, box spring, mattress, and headboard, but lacking a footboard. [1945-50] * * *
Hollywood Bowl
a large outdoor theatre in the natural curve of a hill in Hollywood, California. It was opened in 1919. The Bowl has 17 000 seats and presents concerts, operas, plays and other ...
Hollywood Conquest
▪ 1995 by David Robinson       Hollywood did not set out to conquer the world. There was just no way of stopping it. The U.S. began its domination of the world's screens ...
Hollywood Film Festival
➡ festivals * * *
Hollywood Ten
Group of U.S. movie producers, directors, and screenwriters who refused to answer questions about communist affiliations before the House Un-American Activities Committee in ...
hollywoodbed
hol·ly·wood bed (hŏlʹē-wo͝od') n. A mattress on a box spring supported by a metal frame or attached low legs, often with an upholstered headboard. * * *
Hollywoodian
/hol"ee wood'ee euhn, hol'ee wood"-/, n. 1. a person who works for the motion-picture industry located in Hollywood, Calif. 2. a person born or living in Hollywood, ...
Hollywoodish
/hol"ee wood'ish/, adj. of, pertaining to, or resembling Hollywood, Hollywoodians, or the products of Hollywood and the motion-picture industry. [1925-30; HOLLYWOOD + -ISH1] * * *
holm
holm1 /hohm/, n. Brit. Dial. 1. a low, flat tract of land beside a river or stream. 2. a small island, esp. one in a river or lake. [bef. 1000; ME; OE holm; c. ON holm islet, Dan ...
Holm
/hohlm/, n. Hanya /hahn'ye/, born 1895?, U.S. dancer, choreographer, and teacher; born in Germany. * * *
holm oak
an evergreen oak, Quercus ilex, of southern Europe, having foliage resembling that of the holly. [1590-1600] * * *
Holm, Eleanor
▪ 2005 Eleanor Holm-Jarrett; Eleanor Holm Whalen        American athlete and entertainer (b. Dec. 6, 1913, Brooklyn, N.Y.—d. Jan. 31, 2004, Miami, Fla.), made ...
Holm, Hanya
orig. Johanna Eckert born March 3, 1893, Worms-am-Rhein, Ger. died Nov. 3, 1992, New York, N.Y., U.S. German-born U.S. choreographer of modern dance and Broadway ...
Holm, Sven
▪ Danish writer born April 4, 1940, Copenhagen, Den.       Danish novelist and short-story writer, a participant in the political movement in Danish literature of the ...
Holman
/hohl"meuhn/, n. Nathan ("Nat"), born 1896, U.S. basketball player and coach. * * *
Holman Hunt
/hohl"meuhn hunt"/ (William). See Hunt, William Holman. * * *
Holman, M. Carl
▪ American civil rights leader in full  Moses Carl Holman   born June 27, 1919, Minter City, Miss., U.S. died Aug. 9, 1988, Washington, D.C.       American civil ...
Holmboe, Vagn
▪ 1997       Danish composer of more than 350 works, most notably string quartets, and developer of the "metamorphosis" technique, whereby a motif evolves, by means of ...
Holmes
/hohmz, hohlmz/, n. 1. John Haynes /haynz/, 1879-1964, U.S. clergyman. 2. Oliver Wendell /wen"dl/, 1809-94, U.S. poet, novelist, essayist, and physician. 3. his son, Oliver ...
Holmes à Court, Robert
▪ Australian entrepreneur in full  Michael Robert Hamilton Holmes À Court   born July 27, 1937, Johannesburg, S. Afr. died Sept. 2, 1990, Heytesbury, near Perth, Western ...
Holmes light
a canister, attached to a life buoy or float, containing calcium carbonate and calcium phosphide, which ignite spontaneously on contact with the water, emitting conspicuous fire ...
Holmes Norton
(1937– ) a US congresswoman who was known as a leader in the civil rights movement, a Professor of Law and board member of a number of top companies, before she became a member ...
Holmes, Larry
born Nov. 3, 1949, Cuthbert, Ga., U.S. U.S. heavyweight boxing champion. Holmes won 19 of 23 amateur bouts before turning professional. From 1973 to 1978 Holmes won 28 ...
Holmes, Martha Louise
▪ 2007       American photographer (b. Feb. 7, 1923, Louisville, Ky.—d. Sept. 19, 2006, New York, N.Y.), specialized in taking intimate portraits of celebrities, ...
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
born Aug. 29, 1809, Cambridge, Mass., U.S. died Oct. 7, 1894, Cambridge U.S. physician, poet, and humourist. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1847 and later became dean of its ...
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Jr.
born March 8, 1841, Boston, Mass. died March 6, 1935, Washington, D.C. U.S. jurist, legal historian, and philosopher. He was the son of Oliver Wendell Holmes and Amelia Lee ...
Holmes, Oliver Wendell,Jr.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Jr. 1841-1935. American jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1902-1932). Many of his opinions greatly influenced the ...
Holmes, Sherlock
▪ fictional character  fictional character created by the Scottish writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Conan Doyle, Sir Arthur). The prototype for the modern mastermind detective ...
Holmes, William Henry
▪ American archaeologist born Dec. 1, 1846, near Cadiz, Ohio, U.S. died April 20, 1933, Royal Oak, Mich.       American archaeologist, artist, and museum director who ...
Holmes,Oliver Wendell
Holmes (hōmz, hōlmz), Oliver Wendell. 1809-1894. American physician and writer. A professor of anatomy and physiology at Harvard (1847-1882), he wrote humorous conversational ...
holmic
/hohl"mik/, adj. Chem. of or containing the element holmium. [HOLM(IUM) + -IC] * * *
holmium
/hohl"mee euhm/, n. Chem. a rare-earth, trivalent element found in gadolinite. Symbol: Ho; at. wt.: 164.930; at. no.: 67. [ < NL (1879), equiv. to Holm(ia) Stockholm + -ium ...
holmoak
holm oak n. A Mediterranean evergreen tree (Quercus ilex) having entire or toothed leaves with a dark green upper surface and a yellowish or white lower surface. Also called ...
holo-
a combining form meaning "whole," "entire," used in the formation of compound words: holomorphic. [ < Gk, comb. form of hólos] * * *
holoblastic
—holoblastically, adv. /hol'euh blas"tik, hoh'leuh-/, adj. Embryol. (of certain eggs) undergoing total cleavage, resulting in equal blastomeres. Cf. meroblastic. [1870-75; ...
holoblastically
See holoblastic. * * *
Holocaine
/hol"euh kayn', hoh"leuh-/, Pharm., Trademark. a brand of phenacaine. * * *
holocarpic
/hol'euh kahr"pik, hoh"leuh-/, adj. (of a fungus) having the entire thallus converted into fruiting bodies. Also, holocarpous. Cf. eucarpic. [1915-20; HOLO- + -CARPIC] * * *
holocaust
—holocaustal, adj. —holocaustic, adj. /hol"euh kawst', hoh"leuh-/, n. 1. a great or complete devastation or destruction, esp. by fire. 2. a sacrifice completely consumed by ...
Holocaust Remembrance days
International commemoration of the millions of victims of Nazi Germany's exterminationist policies. The commemoration, observed on different days in different countries, often ...
holocaustal
See holocaust. * * *
holocaustic
See holocaustal. * * *
Holocene
/hol"euh seen', hoh"leuh-/, Geol. adj. 1. recent (def. 4). n. 2. recent (def. 5). [1895-1900; HOLO- + -CENE] * * *
Holocene Epoch
formerly Recent Epoch Latest interval of the Earth's geologic history, dating from 10,000 years ago to the present. The younger of the two epochs that constitute the Quaternary ...
holocrine
/hol"euh krin, -kruyn', hoh"leuh-/, adj. 1. (of a gland) releasing a secretion that is a product of disintegrating cells. 2. (of a secretion) released by such a gland. [1900-05; ...
holoenzyme
/hol'oh en"zuym/, n. an enzyme complete in both its apoenzyme and coenzyme components. [1940-45; HOLO- + ENZYME] * * *
Holofernes
/hol'euh ferr"neez, hoh'leuh-/, n. (in the Book of Judith) a general, serving Nebuchadnezzar, who was killed by Judith. * * *
hologamous
/heuh log"euh meuhs/, adj. Biol. of or pertaining to an organism having reproductive cells similar in size and structure to the somatic cells. [1920-25; HOLO- + -GAMOUS] * * *
hologonidium
/hol'oh geuh nid"ee euhm, hoh'loh-/, n., pl. hologonidia /-nid"ee euh/. Bot., Mycol. soredium. [ < NL; see HOLO-, GONIDIUM] * * *
hologram
/hol"euh gram', hoh"leuh-/, n. Optics. a negative produced by exposing a high-resolution photographic plate, without camera or lens, near a subject illuminated by monochromatic, ...
holograph
holograph1 /hol"euh graf', -grahf', hoh"leuh-/, adj. 1. Also, holographic /hol'euh graf"ik, hoh'leuh-/, holographical. wholly written by the person in whose name it appears: a ...
holographer
See holography. * * *
holographic
holographic [häl΄ə graf′ik, hō΄ləgraf′ik] adj. 1. HOLOGRAPH 2. of or having to do with holography * * * hol·o·graph·ic (hŏl'ə-grăfʹĭk, hō'lə-) also ...
holographic will
Law. a will that is entirely in the handwriting of the testator: in some states recognized as valid without the attestation of witnesses. Cf. nuncupative will. [1890-95] * * *
holographically
See holographic. * * *
holography
/heuh log"reuh fee/, n. the process or technique of making holograms. [1795-1805; HOLO- + -GRAPHY] * * * Method of recording or reproducing a three-dimensional image, or ...
hologynic
/hol'euh jin"ik, -guy"nik, -juy"-, hoh'leuh-/, adj. Genetics. of or pertaining to a heritable trait appearing only in females (opposed to holandric). [1945-50; HOLO- + GYN- + ...
holohedral
—holohedry, holohedrism, n. /hol'euh hee"dreuhl, hoh'leuh-/, adj. (of a crystal) having all the planes or faces required by the maximum symmetry of the system to which it ...
hololith
/hol"euh lith, hoh"leuh-/, n. Jewelry. a ring made from a single piece of stone. [HOLO- + -LITH] * * *
Holomastigotoides
▪ protozoan genus       genus of large, pear-shaped zooflagellate protozoans; they are intestinal inhabitants of termites (termite). The species H. tusitala, whose ...
holometabolism
holometabolism [häl΄ōmə tab′ə liz΄əm, hō΄ləmə tab′ə liz΄əm] n. COMPLETE METAMORPHOSIS holometabolous adj. * * * hol·o·me·tab·o·lism ...
holometabolous
—holometabolism, holometaboly, n. /hol'oh mi tab"euh leuhs, hoh'loh-/, adj. Entomol. undergoing complete metamorphosis. Also, holometabolic /hol'oh met'euh bol"ik, ...
holomorphic
—holomorphism, holomorphy, n. /hol'euh mawr"fik, hoh'leuh-/, adj. Math. analytic (def. 5). [1875-80; HOLO- + -MORPHIC] * * *
Holon
/khaw lawn"/, n. a city in W central Israel: a suburb of Tel Aviv. 130,900. * * * ▪ Israel       city, west-central Israel. It lies on the Plain of Sharon near the ...
Holophane
/hol"euh fayn', hoh"leuh-/, Trademark. a brand of glass having a surface pattern of small, lenslike areas for even diffusion of light. * * *
holophote
/hol"euh foht', hoh"leuh-/, n. an apparatus by which practically all the light from a lighthouse lamp or the like is thrown in a desired direction. [1840-50; back formation from ...
holophrase
/hol"euh frayz', hoh"leuh-/, n. a word functioning as a phrase or sentence, as the imperative Go! [1895-1900; HOLO- + PHRASE] * * *
holophrasis
/heuh lof"reuh sis/, n., pl. holophrases /-seez'/. the expression of the ideas of a phrase or sentence in one word; polysynthesis: a language characterized by ...
holophrastic
/hol'euh fras"tik, hoh'leuh-/, adj. 1. using or consisting of a single word that functions as a phrase or sentence. 2. characterized by holophrasis; polysynthetic: a holophrastic ...
holophyte
ho·lo·phyte (hŏlʹə-fīt') n. An organism that produces its own food through photosynthesis.   hol'o·phytʹic (-fĭtʹĭk) adj. * * *
holophytic
—holophyte /hol"euh fuyt', hoh"leuh-/, n. /hol'euh fit"ik, hoh'leuh-/, adj. (of a plant) obtaining energy by synthesizing inorganic substances; autotrophic. [1880-85; HOLO- + ...
holoplankton
—holoplanktonic /hol'oh plangk ton"ik, hoh'loh-/, adj. /hol'euh plangk"teuhn, hoh'leuh-/, n. plankton that spend their entire life cycle as free-swimming organisms (opposed to ...
holopneustic
/hol'euhp nooh"stik, -nyooh"-, hoh'leuhp-/, adj. having all the spiracles open, as the tracheal systems of most insects. [1890-95; HOLO- + Gk pneustikós pertaining to breathing, ...
holosericeous
/hol'euh si rish"euhs, hoh'leuh-/, adj. Bot., Zool. covered with short, silky hairs. [1825-35; HOLO- + SERICEOUS] * * *
holostean
▪ fish Introduction       any member of a group of primitive bony fishes (bony fish) that make up one of the three major subdivisions of the superclass Actinopterygii ...
holothurian
/hol'euh thoor"ee euhn, hoh'leuh-/, n. 1. any echinoderm of the class Holothuroidea, comprising the sea cucumbers. adj. 2. belonging or pertaining to the Holothuroidea. Also, ...
holotype
—holotypic /hol'euh tip"ik, hoh'leuh-/, adj. /hol"euh tuyp', hoh"leuh-/, n. Biol. the type specimen used in the original description of a species. [1895-1900; HOLO- + -TYPE] * ...
holotypic
See holotype. * * *
holozoic
/hol'euh zoh"ik, hoh'leuh-/, adj. Biol. feeding on solid food particles in the manner of most animals. [1880-85; HOLO- + -zoic < Gk zoikós of animals, equiv. to zo(é) life + ...
holp
/hohlp/, v. South Midland and Southern U.S. Nonstandard. a pt. of help. * * *
holpen
/hohl"peuhn/, v. Nonstandard. a pp. of help. * * *
Holroyd, Michael
▪ British author and editor in full  Michael De Courcy Fraser Holroyd   born Aug. 27, 1935, London, Eng.       British author and editor whose full-scale critical ...
hols
/holz/, n.pl. Sometimes, hol. Brit. Informal. holiday (def. 5). [by shortening] * * *
Holst
/hohlst/, n. Gustav Theodore /goos"tahv/, 1874-1934, English composer. * * *
Holst, Gustav
▪ British composer original name  Gustavus Theodore Von Holst   born Sept. 21, 1874, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Eng. died May 25, 1934, London       English ...
Holst, Gustav(us Theodore von)
born Sept. 21, 1874, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Eng. died May 25, 1934, London British composer. The son of an organist, he studied at the Royal College of Music. There he ...
Holst,Gustav Theodore
Holst (hōlst), Gustav Theodore. 1874-1934. English composer whose works include the orchestral suite The Planets (1914-1916) and many songs and choral pieces. * * *
Holste, Luc
▪ Vatican librarian Latin  Lucas Holstenius  born Sept. 27, 1596, Hamburg died Feb. 2, 1661, Rome       classical scholar and Vatican librarian best known for his ...
Holstebro
▪ Denmark       city, western Jutland, Denmark, on the Storå (Big River), southwest of Viborg. It stands on the site of a prehistoric settlement that commanded a ...
Holstein
/hohl"stuyn, -steen/; for 2 also Ger. /hohl"shtuyn'/, n. 1. Also called Holstein-Friesian /hohl"stuyn free"zheuhn, -steen-/. one of a breed of black-and-white dairy cattle, ...
Holstein Interglacial Stage
      major division of Pleistocene deposits and time in Europe (the Pleistocene Epoch began about 1,600,000 years ago and ended about 10,000 years ago). The Holstein ...
Holstein Sea
      former body of water that occupied the North (North Sea) and Baltic (Baltic Sea) sea basins and deposited marine sediments over a wide area. This marine ...
Holstein, Friedrich (August) von
born April 24, 1837, Schwedt an der Oder, Pomerania died May 8, 1909, Berlin, Ger. German diplomat. A member of the German foreign office from 1876, he never became foreign ...
Holstein, Friedrich von
▪ German statesman Introduction byname  The Gray Eminence  German  Die Graue Eminenz  born April 24, 1837, Schwedt an der Oder, Pomerania died May 8, 1909, Berlin, ...
Holstein-Friesian
Hol·stein-Frie·sian (hōlʹstīn-frēʹzhən, -stēn-) n. A Holstein. * * * ▪ breed of cattle  breed of large dairy cattle originating in northern Holland and Friesland. ...
holster
/hohl"steuhr/, n. 1. a sheathlike carrying case for a firearm, attached to a belt, shoulder sling, or saddle. v.t. 2. to put or put back in a holster: to holster a gun. [1655-65; ...
holstered
See holster. * * *
Holston
Hol·ston (hōlʹstən) A river, about 225 km (140 mi) long, rising in two forks in western Virginia and northeast Tennessee and flowing southwest to join the French Broad ...
Holston River
▪ river, United States       river formed by the junction of the North and South forks just west of Kingsport, eastern Tennessee, U.S. It flows southwest through the ...
holt
/hohlt/, n. Archaic. 1. a wood or grove. 2. a wooded hill. [bef. 900; ME holte, OE holt; c. D hout, ON holt, G Holz wood; akin to Gk kládos twig (see CLADO-), OIr caill wood] * ...
Holt
/hohlt/, n. 1. Harold Edward, 1908-67, Australian political leader: prime minister 1966-67. 2. a town in central Michigan. 10,097. * * *
Holt, Bertha Marian
▪ 2001       American children's advocate (b. Feb. 5, 1904, Des Moines, Iowa—d. July 24, 2000, Creswell, Ore.), together with her husband, Harry, founded Holt ...
Holt, Edwin B.
▪ American psychologist and philosopher in full  Edwin Bissell Holt  born 1873, Winchester, Massachusetts, U.S. died January 25, 1946, Rockland, Maine       American ...
Holt, Harold
▪ prime minister of Australia born Aug. 5, 1908, Sydney died Dec. 17, 1967, near Portsea, Victoria, Australia  prime minister of Australia (1966–67) who supported U.S. ...
Holt, Winifred
▪ American social worker born Nov. 17, 1870, New York, N.Y., U.S. died June 14, 1945, Pittsfield, Mass.       American welfare worker whose steadfast efforts helped to ...
Holtei, Karl von
▪ German author born Jan. 24, 1798, Breslau, Silesia died Feb. 12, 1880, Breslau       author who achieved success by his “vaudevilles,” or ballad operas, and by ...
Holter monitor
/hohl"teuhr/ a portable electrocardiograph worn by a patient over an extended period of time to assess the effects on heart function of activities of daily living. [after Norman ...
Hölty, Ludwig Heinrich Christoph
▪ German poet born Dec. 21, 1748, Mariensee, Hanover died Sept. 1, 1776, Mariensee       German poet who is considered the most gifted lyric poet of the Göttinger ...
Holtzman, Jerome
▪ 2009       American sportswriter born July 12, 1926, Chicago, Ill. died July 19, 2008, Evanston, Ill. possessed an encyclopaedic knowledge of baseball and was dubbed ...
Holub, Emil
▪ Bohemian naturalist born October 7, 1847, Holice, Bohemia died February 21, 1902, Vienna       naturalist who travelled extensively in south central Africa gathering ...
Holub, Miroslav
▪ 1999       Czech writer and immunologist (b. Sept. 23, 1923, Pilsen, Czechoslovakia—d. July 14, 1998, Prague, Czech Rep.), conducted advanced research in immunology ...
Holum, Dianne
▪ American speed skater born May 19, 1951, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.       American speed skater who assisted in the revival of the sport in the United States in the late ...
holus-bolus
/hoh"leuhs boh"leuhs/, adv. all at once; altogether. [1840-50; mock-Latin rhyming compound based on phrase whole bolus. See WHOLE, BOLUS] * * *
holy
/hoh"lee/, adj., holier, holiest, n., pl. holies. adj. 1. specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated: holy ground. 2. dedicated or ...
Holy Alliance
a league formed by the principal sovereigns of Europe in 1815 with the professed object of promoting Christian brotherhood but the practical object of repressing democratic ...
Holy Ark
Judaism. a cabinet in a synagogue set into or against the wall that faces eastward toward Jerusalem, for keeping the scrolls of the Torah. * * *
Holy Bible
Bible (def. 1). * * *
holy bread
1. bread used in a Eucharistic service, both before and after consecration. 2. Eastern Ch. eulogia (def. 1). 3. Gk. Orth. Ch. antidoron (def. 1). [1250-1300; ME] * * *
holy cats
Slang. (used to express surprise, wonder, or confusion.) * * *
Holy City
(sometimes l.c.) 1. a city regarded as particularly sacred by the adherents of a religious faith, as Jerusalem by Jews and Christians, Mecca and Medina by Muslims, and Varanasi ...
holy clover
sainfoin. * * *
Holy Club
      group of Oxford students led by John and Charles Wesley (Wesley, Charles), whose methodical habits of study and devotion led to their being derisively called ...
Holy Communion
communion (def. 1). [1885-90] * * *
holy cow
Slang. (used to express bewilderment, surprise, or astonishment.) [1920-25] * * *
Holy Cross
Mount of the, a peak in central Colorado, in the Sawatch Range: snow-filled, cross-shaped crevasses. 14,005 ft. (4269 m). * * *
Holy Cross, College of the
▪ college, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher learning in Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S. It is affiliated with ...
Holy Cross, Exaltation of the
▪ religious feast also called  Holy Cross Day,         liturgical feast celebrated on September 14 to honour the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. In the ...
Holy Cross,Mount of the
Holy Cross, Mount of the A peak, 4,271.5 m (14,005 ft) high, in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains in west-central Colorado. * * *
Holy CrossMount of the
Holy CrossMount of the peak in WC Colo.: snow-filled crevices on it form a large cross: 13,996 ft (4,266 m) * * *
holy day
a consecrated day or religious festival, esp. one other than Sunday. [see HOLIDAY] * * *
holy day of obligation
1. a day on which Roman Catholics are duty-bound to attend Mass and abstain from certain kinds of work. 2. a day on which Episcopalians are expected to take ...
holy days of obligation
      in the Roman Catholic Church, religious feast days on which Catholics must attend mass and refrain from unnecessary work. Although all Sundays are sanctified in this ...
Holy Family
a representation in art of Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus. * * * ▪ art  as a theme in Christian (Christianity) art, representation of the infant Jesus (Jesus Christ) ...
Holy Family, Feast of the
▪ Roman Catholicism       Roman Catholic religious festival falling on the first Sunday after Christmas. Although major feast days dedicated to each member of the Holy ...
Holy Father
Rom. Cath. Ch. a title of the pope. [1375-1425; late ME] * * *
Holy Ghost
the third person of the Trinity. Also called Holy Spirit. [bef. 900; ME; OE] * * *
Holy Ghost Father
▪ religious order member of  Congregation of the Holy Ghost and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary , byname  Spiritans (C.S.Sp.)        a Roman Catholic society of men ...
Holy Grail
grail. Also, holy grail. [1580-90] * * *
holy grass
any of several fragrant grasses of the genus Hierochloë, esp. H. odorata, the vanilla grass. [1770-80] * * *
Holy Innocents' Day
December 28, a day of religious observance commemorating the slaughter of the children of Bethlehem by Herod's order. Also called Innocents' Day. * * *
Holy Innocents, Feast of the
▪ Christianity also called  Childermas , or  Innocents' Day        festival celebrated in the Christian churches in the West on December 28 and in the Eastern ...
Holy Island
1. Also called Lindisfarne. an island off the E coast of Northumberland, England. 3 mi. (4.8 km) long. 2. Formerly, Holyhead Island. an island off the W coast of Anglesey, in NW ...
Holy Joe
Slang. 1. a chaplain, esp. in the U.S. armed forces. 2. a minister or priest. 3. a sanctimonious or overly pious person. [1870-75] * * *
Holy Lamb
Heraldry. See paschal lamb (def. 4). * * *
Holy Lance
      a relic discovered in June 1098 during the First Crusade by Christian crusaders at Antioch, in Syria. It was said to be the lance that pierced the side of Christ at ...
Holy Land
Palestine (def. 1). * * *
Holy League
(1576–98) Association of Roman Catholics during the French Wars of Religion. It was first organized under the leadership of the 3rd duke de Guise, to oppose concessions ...
holy mackerel
Slang. (used as an exclamation to express surprise or wonder.) [1795-1805] * * *
holy moly
/moh"lee/, Slang. (used as an exclamation to express surprise or astonishment.) [moly coined as rhyming twin to HOLY, on the model of holy cow, holy smoke, etc.] * * *
holy Moses
Slang. (used as an exclamation to express surprise or wonder.) [1850-55] * * *
Holy Mother
honorific title of the Virgin Mary, often applied by analogy to the Roman Catholic Church. * * *
Holy Mysteries
(sometimes l.c.) the liturgy in the Eastern Church. * * *
holy of holies
1. a place of special sacredness. 2. the innermost chamber of the Biblical tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem, in which the ark of the covenant was kept. 3. Eastern Ch. the ...
holy oil
1. consecrated oil; chrism. 2. (esp. in the Eastern Church) oil that has been in contact with a sacred object, as a relic, and is used in certain rites. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
Holy One
1. God. Isa. 10:20. 2. Jesus Christ, esp. as the Messiah. Mark 1:24; Acts 3:14. [1525-35] * * *
holy order
▪ Christianity       any of several grades in the ordained ministry of some of the Christian churches, comprising at various times the major orders of bishop, priest, ...
holy orders
1. the rite or sacrament of ordination. 2. the rank or status of an ordained Christian minister. 3. the major degrees or grades of the Christian ministry. [1350-1400; ME] * * *
Holy Roller
—Holy Rollerism. Disparaging and Offensive. a member of a Pentecostal sect: so called from the frenetic religiosity expressed during services. * * *

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