pothole

[ pot-hohl ]
/ ˈpɒtˌhoʊl /

noun

a deep hole; pit.
a hole formed in pavement, as by excessive use or by extremes of weather.
a more or less cylindrical hole formed in rock by the grinding action of the detrital material in eddying water.
a cave opening vertically from the ground surface.

Origin of pothole

First recorded in 1820–30; pot1 + hole
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pothole

/ (ˈpɒtˌhəʊl) /

noun

geography
  1. a deep hole in limestone areas resulting from action by running waterSee also sinkhole (def. 1)
  2. a circular hole in the bed of a river produced by abrasion
a deep hole, esp one produced in a road surface by wear or weathering
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