pock·​mark | \ˈpäk-ˌmärk \

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

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 Researchers have found pockmarks on the face of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy. Lizzie Wade, Smithsonian, "A Child From 17th-Century Europe Might Have Rewritten the History of Smallpox," 30 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The rising vacancies also are pockmarking the suburban landscape with empty shopping centers, although some landlords are finding other uses for the space, transforming them into gyms, call centers and even churches. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Malls Vacancies Hit Six-Year High as Online Shopping Takes a Toll," 2 July 2018 The surface of the asteroid is pockmarked with craters believed to have been caused by a large smash the rock took in its formative years. Fox News, "'Monster' asteroid 4 times than the UK is so close to Earth you can see it - and here's how," 27 June 2018 The Celtics, meanwhile, are surging through the playoffs with a roster pockmarked by injuries. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "N.B.A. Playoffs: It All Goes Wrong for the Sixers, Including the Confetti," 5 May 2018 The plaster walls were pockmarked with bullet holes and the windows boarded up. Kyra Gurney, miamiherald, "Nicaragua's revolutionary town now a war zone defended by teenagers armed with rocks," 7 June 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 \

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 \

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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