[ pot-hohl ]
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  1. a deep hole; pit.

  2. a hole formed in pavement, as by excessive use or by extremes of weather.

  1. a more or less cylindrical hole formed in rock by the grinding action of the detrital material in eddying water.

  2. a cave opening vertically from the ground surface.

Origin of pothole

First recorded in 1820–30; pot1 + hole

Words Nearby pothole

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How to use pothole in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pothole


/ (ˈpɒtˌhəʊl) /

  1. geography

    • a deep hole in limestone areas resulting from action by running water: See also sinkhole (def. 1)

    • a circular hole in the bed of a river produced by abrasion

  2. a deep hole, esp one produced in a road surface by wear or weathering

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