pockmark

1 of 2

noun

pock·​mark ˈpäk-ˌmärk How to pronounce pockmark (audio)
: a mark, pit, or depressed scar caused by smallpox or acne
also : an imperfection or depression like a pockmark

pockmark

2 of 2

verb

pockmarked; pockmarking; pockmarks

transitive verb

: to cover with or as if with pockmarks : pit

Examples of pockmark in a Sentence

Noun The bullets left pockmarks in the wall. the explosion left little pockmarks all over the face of the adjacent building
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Anecdotal evidence is not sufficient to make a case because there are several other diseases, like chicken pox and the measles, that leave characteristic pockmark scars in their wake as well. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 9 Dec. 2016 The fossil record tells us — via distinctive Osedax burrows that pockmark bone — that whale fall communities have been around for 30 million years. Riley Black, Discover Magazine, 11 Dec. 2013 Taylor did fumble on his final carry, a pockmark on an otherwise solid day, but Indianapolis stuck to the run despite the early struggles, and eventually overpowered a hapless Houston front. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Dec. 2021 Worthy’s fumble was the lone pockmark on an otherwise pristine day. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Oct. 2021 The Patriots released kicker Justin Rohrwasser this past week, leaving another pockmark on Bill Belichick’s draft record. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Mar. 2021 Smaller collisions occur more often, so the pattern of pockmarks on Ryugu could have been produced in just nine million years. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2020 One-time pollution episodes left further pockmarks in the nation’s mussel beds. Marion Renault, Wired, 18 Apr. 2020 The pop-up camera gave you a front camera without any screen blemishes at all, and now OnePlus has downgraded with a pockmark in the top-left corner of the phone. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 14 Apr. 2020
Verb
Navy Griffin, a 2020 college graduate from Arkansas whose early career has been pockmarked by negative and historic economic developments, frets about another setback. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 24 May 2023 The first in 70 years, when Charles' late mother became queen at time when Britain was still emerging from the ravages of World War II; when butter, sugar, cheese and meat were all still rationed; when British towns and cities were still pockmarked by bomb sites. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 7 May 2023 The road was often pockmarked with muddy tractor tracks and clumps of hay and manure. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, 4 May 2023 Just then, a light drizzle fell from the sky, pockmarking the river and spotting the ferry platform on the other shore. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 23 Apr. 2023 Relentless rain left the streets of Los Angeles pockmarked with potholes, but city officials say some relief is on the way. Kenya Romero, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2023 So perhaps us coastal elites — with our credit card bills pockmarked by a dozen different streaming service charges — ought to give a few of these firefighting shows a whirl. Luke Winkie, Rolling Stone, 19 Mar. 2023 Snyder runs Southeast Community Development Corp., a nonprofit trying to boost homeownership rates in Ellwood Park, a predominantly Black neighborhood where just a quarter of residents own their homes and the blocks are pockmarked with vacant houses. Giacomo Bologna, Baltimore Sun, 13 Mar. 2023 Shockwaves can flatten walls, rather than just pockmarking them. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, 24 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1646, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1756, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pockmark was circa 1646

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Cite this Entry

“Pockmark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pockmark. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

pockmark

1 of 2 noun
pock·​mark ˈpäk-ˌmärk How to pronounce pockmark (audio)
: the scar caused by smallpox or acne
also : an imperfection suggesting a pockmark

pockmark

2 of 2 verb
: to cover with or as if with pockmarks

Medical Definition

pockmark

noun
pock·​mark ˈpäk-ˌmärk How to pronounce pockmark (audio)
: a mark, pit, or depressed scar caused by smallpox or acne
pockmarked adjective

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