1.   (electronics)   In the hole model of current flow, the absence of an electron, e.g. in a semiconductor material. In the electron model, a hole can be thought of as an incomplete outer electron shell in a doping substance. Considering holes as positive charge carriers is a useful abstraction.

2.   (security)   A security vulnerability, particularly one which allows an attacker to gain unauthorised access to a system (by analogy with a hole in a wall).

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