Meaning of POTHOLE in English

POTHOLE

■ noun

1》 a deep natural underground cave formed by the eroding action of water.

↘a deep circular hole in a river bed formed by the eroding action of stones in an eddy.

2》 a depression or hollow in a road surface caused by wear or subsidence.

3》 N. Amer. a lake formed by a natural hollow in the ground in which water has collected.

■ verb Brit. explore underground ~s as a pastime.

Derivatives

~d adjective

~r noun

potholing noun

Origin

C19: from ME pot 'pit' (perh. of Scand. origin) + hole .

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