• WordNet 3.6
    • n pothole a pit or hole produced by wear or weathering (especially in a road surface)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pothole 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pothole 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. Such pot-holes are common, especially in and near the beds of streams running over bare rocks, and under glaciers, in regions of present or past glaciation, or in any locality where there is, or was formerly, a rapid current of water. A group of pot-holes, some of which are of great size, is one of the curiosities of Lucerne in Switzerland (the “Glacier Garden”), where they appear to have been made at the time of the former greater extension of the glaciers in the Alpine range: also called giants' kettles. The large conical or more rarely pot-shaped cavities formed by water in the chalk and other limestone rocks of England and the United States are called, besides pot-holes, by various names, as swallow-holes, sink-holes, butter-tubs, water-sinks, and pots. See swallow-hole.
    • pothole 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.
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  • Barbara Hoffman
    Barbara Hoffman
    “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey!”


In literature:

He skillfully avoided potholes and drunk drivers.
"Take Me for a Ride" by Mark E. Laxer
The rocks were all water-worn and smooth, with huge potholes, even at 100 feet above low water.
"A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries And of the Discovery of the Lakes Shirwa and Nyassa (1858-1864)" by David Livingstone
Men and horses drowned in some of the potholes.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
A gravel bar led off for a couple of rods, flanked by deep potholes.
"The Covered Wagon" by Emerson Hough
Look out for potholes and such places.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Over 100 'potholes' were detected, of which about forty yielded more or less datable rubbish, mainly potsherds.
"Roman Britain in 1914" by F. Haverfield
We dodged massive potholes and the loose gravel flew, but then we reached a ramshackle gas station and I ordered him to pull in.
"Life Blood" by Thomas Hoover
The riot-bus sounded like an orgy, moaning and groaning with dozens of voices every time the bus jounced over a pothole.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
It is filled with potholes scoured out by stones swirled in the foaming torrent.
"Glacier National Park [Montana]" by United States Dept. of the Interior
In California one was collected at Potholes on the Colorado River, September 23, 1924.
"Life Histories of North American Wood Warblers Part One and Part Two" by Arthur Bent

In poetry:

I walked outside & the bomb'd
dropped lots of plutonium
all over the Lower East Side
There weren't any buildings left just
iron skeletons
groceries burned, potholes open to stinking sewer waters
"Nagasaki Days" by Allen Ginsberg

In news:

You can report a pothole in need of repair in the city by calling 311 or by completing an online service request here.
Goodbye potholes, standing water at County Office Building lots.
Dec 13, 2012: Getting a pothole fixed in Houston may be as easy as clicking on an app on your smartphone.
Potholes in 'Pennsylvania Avenue Project.
PBS Documentary is Filled with Potholes.
Opinion Op-Ed Road to Memphis: PBS Documentary is Filled with Potholes.
Repairing Utility Cuts and Potholes.
Of all the various pavement maintenance technologies, the one that has arguably seen the greatest innovation in recent years is repair of potholes and repair of utility cuts.
Have you seen more potholes driving on Abilene city streets since the recent rain.
According to the city's streets manager they don't have any pothole projects after the weekend rain, but more than 2,000 potholes have been fixed in the last two months.
"Potholes make Rte 28 unsafe".
City officials wanted the public's help to point out the worst potholes in town.
Potholes, Education Important To Portland Voters.
So as a public service to all of us, here's the official WFGR Pothole watch.
Air and tack wand blows out potholes and applies tack coating.

In science:

Eriksson, J., Girod, L., Hull, L., Newton, R., Madden, S., and Balakrishnan, H.: The pothole patrol: Using a mobile sensor network for road surface monitoring. In: Proceeding of the 6th international conference on Mobile systems, applications, and services, pp. 29–39.