Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hole or pit, especially one in a road surface. Also called chuckhole.
  • n. A deep round hole worn in rock by loose stones whirling in strong rapids or waterfalls.
  • n. Western U.S. A place filled with mud or quicksand that is a hazard to cattle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A shallow pit or other edged depression in a road's surface, especially when caused by erosion by weather or traffic.
  • n. A pit formed in the bed of a turbulent stream.
  • n. A vertical cave system, often found in limestone.
  • n. A pit resulting from unauthorized excavation by treasure hunters or vandals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A circular hole formed in the rocky beds of rivers by the grinding action of stones or gravel whirled round by the water in what was at first a natural depression of the rock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To produce in (a solid rock mass) a hole by the action of stones and silt whirled around in an eddy of water. The effect of such action is to produce a deep cylindrical hole, called a well, or a hollowed cavity, called a pot-hole, or, in rare cases, a very large and deep, more or less cylindrical and hollowed cavern, called a giants' kettle or cauldron.
  • n. A cavity more or less nearly cylindrical in form, and from a few inches to several feet in depth and diameter, made by an eddying current of water, which causes a stone or a collection of detrital material to revolve and thus wear away the rock with which it is in contact.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pit or hole produced by wear or weathering (especially in a road surface)

Etymologies

c 1826, from Middle English pot ("a deep hole for a mine, or from peat-digging") + hole (Wiktionary)
pot +‎ hole (Wiktionary)

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