pot·hole | \ˈpät-ˌhōl \

Definition of pothole 

1a : a circular hole formed in the rocky bed of a river by the grinding action of stones or gravel whirled round by the water

b : a sizable rounded often water-filled depression in land

2 : a pot-shaped hole in a road surface

3 : a usually minor difficulty or setback hit a pothole in her comeback attempt

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Other Words from pothole

potholed \ˈpät-ˌhōld \ adjective

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With public funds, municipalities typically fix potential eyesores, such as potholes and step up services such as trash collection. Ben Tobin, USA TODAY, "Does it pay to host the World Cup?," 19 June 2018 In New York, YouTube star Coby Persin throws in some dirt in his local potholes and a potted plant. Chelsea Brasted, NOLA.com, "Potted plants and mosaics? Vigilante pothole-fillers get creative: report," 30 May 2018 Interstate 4 drivers have reported construction-zone incidents in which their cars were skewered by projectiles, bombarded with concrete, doused in oil, submerged in floodwater, broken by potholes and whacked with light poles. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "I-4 construction nightmares: Drivers seeking payment for car damage face daunting odds," 13 July 2018 The beefier tires on the smaller wheels go a long way toward insulating you from bumps and potholes on-road or off. Matthew Scott, Outside Online, "The Electric Jaguar I-Pace Can Go Off-Road," 9 July 2018 Promises aren’t going to be enough for Californians tired of having their teeth rattled by trips over washboard roads or finding their cars battered by ever-deepening potholes. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "How to fix California’s roads, bridges, dams: Candidates for governor share views," 30 Apr. 2018 From Lake Guntersville, Captain Mike Carter reports the water is high and stained in some areas due to heavy rains, but bass are swarming the shallow flats on grass edges and in potholes. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Friday Fishing Report," 27 Apr. 2018 While running into large objects or potholes is more likely to result in a payment from SGL, there appears to be little chance the builder would ever pay for damage from a cone or barrel. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "I-4 construction nightmares: Drivers seeking payment for car damage face daunting odds," 13 July 2018 Those potholes and cracks have contributed to a poor grade for the county’s overall infrastructure. Elisha Sauers, baltimoresun.com, "County Executive Schuh touts $4 million boost for filling potholes and paving roads in Anne Arundel," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of pothole

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of pothole

: a deep, round hole in a road or some other surface (such as the bottom of a river)


pot·hole | \ˈpät-ˌhōl \

Kids Definition of pothole

: a deep round hole (as in a road)

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