pothole

noun pot·hole \ ˈpät-ˌhōl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pothole

1 a :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

potholed

play \ˈpät-ˌhōld\ adjective

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First Known Use of pothole

1826


POTHOLE Defined for English Language Learners

pothole

noun

Definition of pothole for English Language Learners

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


POTHOLE Defined for Kids

pothole

noun pot·hole \ ˈpät-ˌhōl \

Definition of pothole for Students

:a deep round hole (as in a road)

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