pock·​mark | \ ˈpäk-ˌmärk How to pronounce pockmark (audio) \

Definition of pockmark

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a mark, pit, or depressed scar caused by smallpox or acne also : an imperfection or depression like a pockmark


pockmarked; pockmarking; pockmarks

Definition of pockmark (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover with or as if with pockmarks : pit

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Examples of pockmark in a Sentence


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

More recent aerial views of this place of once miraculous beauty show that it is now reduced to little more than pockmarks amongst the rubble, although some survivals suggest that there is hope for future restoration. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Spends a Week in Qatar and Is Dazzled by Doha," 2 Apr. 2019 The wrappers are tender at the ends, but golden and crispy at the center and dappled with pockmarks from the sauté oil. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Worth a trip: Dumplings from Bibim Town," 15 Aug. 2017 Mars used to have a lot of volcanic activity and evidence of these times remains as pockmarks around the surface of the planet. Shannon Stirone, WIRED, "Space Photos of the Week: Morning Light Hits the Southern Lights," 14 Apr. 2018 Police believe the person may be casing homes to see if people are home and checking car doors. The man is described as white, average build, between 6-feet 5 and 6-feet-6 , in his late 20’s or early 30’s with a ponytail and pockmarks on his face. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "St. Francis Police warn of potential burglary by man going door-to-door asking to shovel snow," 12 Feb. 2018 Frost layers can trap air bubbles in the ice, which can work their way out as tiny pockmarks. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "The Slick Science of Making Olympic Snow and Ice," 1 Feb. 2018 Nestled among the glitzy cement-and-glass skyscrapers in the capital, Beirut, some buildings still bear the pockmarks and jagged tears of bullets and shells. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, "A Lebanese director's new film opens old wounds," 4 Feb. 2018 For a bobsled, one tiny pockmark can cause a sled to bounce, perpetuating the problem. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "The Slick Science of Making Olympic Snow and Ice," 1 Feb. 2018 One ball of ice shattered instantaneously, leaving behind a large pockmark on the roof. Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, "To Test for Climate Disasters: Break, Burn and Throw Stuff," 11 Dec. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In a women’s World Cup soccer tournament pockmarked by own goals, the U.S. team was spectacular and relentless in its 13-0 win over Thailand, also drawing heat for pouring it on. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "The Warriors fall, and the Western Conference rises from hibernation," 14 June 2019 Dogtown Lake Named for the many prairie dog villages that once pockmarked nearby meadows, this body of water sits just outside Williams. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "These Arizona campgrounds will reserve your spot," 17 June 2019 Steam rises from the hot springs and fumaroles that pockmark this dormant volcano, and two small glaciers provide dazzling views. National Geographic, "Beyond Everest: 9 peaks to summit in a lifetime," 29 May 2019 Today, the zone is pockmarked with vacant buildings. The Economist, "Once again, China’s richest region is pulling ahead of the others," 8 June 2019 In Sderot, a Fox News reporter observed houses and cars pockmarked with shrapnel where some rockets had landed Wednesday night. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Israel orders 'strong action' against Hamas as rocket fire from Gaza persists," 9 Aug. 2018 Fallen behind Tabasco’s oil country is a short drive from the capital of Villahermosa and is spread across green wetlands pockmarked with Pemex oil wells that sit alongside ramshackle villages. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Two States of Mexico Reveal the Split Driving Sunday’s Presidential Election," 28 June 2018 The stadium is pretty much full, too, which is kind of a relief, after both of today’s other games were pockmarked by empty seats. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Spain and Portugal Play a Draw for the Ages, Starring a Player for All Time," 3 Mar. 2018 But his latter years there were pockmarked by his association with Ailes. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Former Fox executive Bill Shine joins White House as communications chief," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of pockmark


circa 1646, in the meaning defined above


1756, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pockmark

: a mark or scar on the skin that is usually caused by a disease (such as chicken pox or acne)
: a hole in or mark on something


pock·​mark | \ ˈpäk-ˌmärk How to pronounce pockmark (audio) \

Kids Definition of pockmark

1 : the mark left by a pock
2 : a small hole or dent

Other Words from pockmark

pockmarked \ -​ˌmärkt \ adjective pockmarked skin


pock·​mark | \ ˈpäk-ˌmärk How to pronounce pockmark (audio) \

Medical Definition of pockmark

: a mark, pit, or depressed scar caused by smallpox or acne

Other Words from pockmark

pockmarked adjective

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