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

  • n. A piece of turf torn up by a golf club in striking a ball, or by a horse's hoof.
  • n. Scots A thin square of turf or sod used for roofing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A torn up piece of turf (e.g. by a golf club in making a stroke or by a horse's hoof).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thin, oblong turf used for covering cottages, and also for fuel.
  • n. a small piece of turf gouged out of the ground by the head of a golf club when making a stroke.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A piece of turf; a square sod, of a kind used to cover roofs, build outhouses, etc.
  • n. In golf, a piece of turf cut out with a club in playing a stroke.

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

  • n. (golf) the cavity left when a piece of turf is cut from the ground by the club head in making a stroke
  • n. a piece of turf dug out of a lawn or fairway (by an animals hooves or a golf club)


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

Scots, a turf.



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  • Out in the wild, this word is being used to mean a scratch or shallow trough (on any surface), or else the material removed to create such a depression. I looked it up today because "divot" was the word that popped into my mind to describe a depressed feature on a vertical column, and I realized I had no idea what the literal definition of the word was.

    Example usages I googled up:

    "I came home and read some Alain Badiou, sinking into the divot I'd worked into the couch."

    "The catalyst that created this working forum of service leaders is a challenge we define as the 'sales divot.'"

    "Last night I noticed there is a divot in the enamel in my front tooth."

    April 17, 2010