noun Date: 1826 1. a. a circular hole formed in the rocky bed of a river by the grinding action of stones or gravel whirled round by the water b. a sizable rounded often water-filled depression in land 2. a pot-shaped hole in a road surface 3. a usually minor difficulty or setback <
hit a pothole in her comeback attempt
potholed adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Pothole — Pot hole , n. A circular hole formed in the rocky beds of rivers by the grinding action of stones or gravel whirled round by the water in what was at first a natural depression of the rock. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pothole — also pot hole, 1826, originally a geological feature in glaciers and gravel beds, from M.E. pot in sense of a deep hole for a mine, or from peat digging (late 14c., sense now generally obsolete, but preserved in Scotland and northern England… …   Etymology dictionary

  • pothole — [n] chuckhole cavity, crater, depression, dip, fracture, gap, hole, pit, pocket, rut, split; concept 513 …   New thesaurus

  • pothole — ► NOUN 1) a deep natural underground cave formed by the eroding action of water. 2) a hole in a road surface. ► VERB Brit. ▪ explore underground potholes as a pastime. DERIVATIVES potholed adjective potholer noun potholing noun …   English terms dictionary

  • pothole — [pät′hōl΄] n. 1. a deep hole or pit; esp., a deep, round hole formed in the rock of a river bed by gravel whirling in water 2. CHUCKHOLE 3. a deep cave extending downward underground …   English World dictionary

  • Pothole — For other uses, see Pothole (disambiguation). A deep pothole on New York City s Second Avenue A pothole (sometimes called a kettle and known in parts of the Western United States as a chuckhole) is a type of disruption in the surface of a roadway …   Wikipedia

  • pothole — [[t]pɒ̱thoʊl[/t]] potholes also pot hole 1) N COUNT A pothole is a large hole in the surface of a road, caused by traffic and bad weather. 2) N COUNT A pothole is a deep hole in the ground. Potholes often lead to underground caves and tunnels …   English dictionary

  • pothole — UK [ˈpɒtˌhəʊl] / US [ˈpɑtˌhoʊl] noun [countable] Word forms pothole : singular pothole plural potholes 1) a hole in a road 2) British a large natural hole in a mountain or under the ground Derived word: potholed UK / US adjective …   English dictionary

  • pothole — /pot hohl /, n. 1. a deep hole; pit. 2. a hole formed in pavement, as by excessive use or by extremes of weather. 3. a more or less cylindrical hole formed in rock by the grinding action of the detrital material in eddying water. 4. a cave… …   Universalium

  • pothole — noun a) A shallow pit or other edged depression in a roads surface, especially when caused by erosion by weather or traffic. b) A pit formed in the bed of a turbulent stream. Syn: giant kettle …   Wiktionary

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