div·​ot | \ ˈdi-vət How to pronounce divot (audio) \

Definition of divot

1 Scotland : a square of turf or sod
2 : a loose piece of turf (such as one dug from a golf fairway in making a shot)

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The bullet made a small rip in my jeans and cut a divot out of my leg. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Years later, a loosely planned adventure is remembered for its laughs and lessons," 5 June 2019 The numerous muskrat divots pockmarking his lawn, including one crater that's several feet wide and at least a foot deep, emphasized his point. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Okauchee Lake has a serious muskrat problem. A retired trapper is trying to solve it.," 27 Apr. 2018 The cutting and flattening tears out fibers and leaves divots, leading to plenty of sanding—some by machine and much by hand. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "The Man, the Wood, and the River," 1 Dec. 2018 The bump might have a single hair coming out of it, Dr. Georgopoulos says, as well as a tiny divot. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Did You Know Dermoid Cysts Can Have Hair, Skin, and TEETH?," 15 Jan. 2019 Andy Murray said that the Centre Court specifically had visible divots and was in poor shape compared with previous years. John Clarke, New York Times, "For Wimbledon’s Grass, It’s Not Easy Being Green," 30 June 2018 But when when the wire contracts and the mechanism pills that arm up, the rod gets forcefully rolled out of its little divot, allowing the pieces to separate. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "A Look Inside the Clever Mechanism That Makes Microsoft's Surface Book So Cool," 3 Nov. 2015 Press a divot into the top of each patty, if desired, for a flatter top after grilling. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Switch it up with lamb burgers instead of beef," 13 July 2018 Once everything is a smooth and glossy make a deep divot in the dry ingredients. Jesse Sparks, Bon Appetit, "These Extra-Corny Cornbread Muffins Are No Joke," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of divot

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for divot

alteration of earlier Scots devat, from Middle English (Scots) duvat

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English Language Learners Definition of divot

: a loose piece of grass and dirt that is dug out of the ground when the ground is struck by something (such as a golf club)

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