Definition of pothole in English:

pothole

Syllabification: pot·hole
Pronunciation: /ˈpätˌhōl
 
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noun

1A deep natural underground cavity formed by the erosion of rock, especially by the action of water.
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  • Bats spend the summer living in trees and buildings, and retreat to caves and potholes in winter, to hibernate.
  • A prehistoric occupation site was discovered at the bottom of a hollow some 600 sq. m. in area, resulting from the collapse of an underground pothole.
  • The second feature is a deep cave or pothole on Wet Rain Hill, just above Liz's Burn, called Bell Hollow.
1.1A deep circular hole in a riverbed formed by the erosion of the rock by the rotation of stones in an eddy.
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  • Some environmental activists yesterday inspect the Nuanjiang section of the Keelung River, where geologically unique potholes are to be found.
  • They inhabit swift streams, the backwaters of large rivers, brackish lagoons, and potholes.
  • Balanced on a log suspended over a glacial pothole, she is searching the foot-deep water for endangered howellia and their delicate white florets no bigger than her baby finger.
1.2A depression or hollow in a road surface caused by wear or subsidence.
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  • The 4x4 can much more easily deal with his potholes and appalling road surfaces.
  • Tar is soluble in fossil fuels like diesel and petrol and oil spill loosens the road surface and potholes begin to form.
  • Our roads are full of potholes and irregular surfacing.
1.3 (also pothole lake) North American A pond in a natural hollow in the ground.
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  • The rolling hills of northern Wisconsin's glacial kettle moraine are densely forested with hardwoods, birch and aspen and pitted with potholes and lakes.
  • The valley is wet, the high benches are pocked with pothole lakes, springs, and ponds, and mastodons browse along a braided watercourse snaking across the bottomland at the foot of the cliff.
  • The refuge's north unit contains the 8,700-acre Medicine Lake, eight smaller lakes, and numerous pothole wetlands.

Origin

early 19th century: from Middle English pot 'pit' (perhaps of Scandinavian origin) + hole.

Derivatives

potholed

adjective
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  • Thankfully someone had the bright idea to water down the dusty potholed road between Laborie and Piaye.
  • And as a result of all the growth, plush restaurants have popped up beside the potholed roads and property prices have shot up, especially for trendy condominiums.
  • Miscarraiges, dislocated shoulders, broken bones, damaged axels there is enough reason for people to be concerned over the city's potholed roads.

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