- a body of water smaller than a lake, sometimes artificially formed, as by damming a stream.
- (especially of water) to collect into a pond or large puddle: to prevent rainwater from ponding on the roof.
Origin of pond
Examples from the Web for pond
Just who is crazy enough to go swimming when the pond across the street has a layer of ice across the top?Diving Into 2015 With Polar Bear Plunge Extremists
January 1, 2015
“I jumped over a few cars, almost turned it upside down in a pond and came out on top of all four tires,” she wrote in an email.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture
November 22, 2014
Stampy, the biggest YouTube star this side of the pond, is also known as 23-year-old Joseph Garrett from Portsmouth.The Addictive Curse of ‘Let’s Plays’
November 11, 2014
Then, a sharp-eyed woman pointed out a ladder leaning against a tree on the side of the pond.Philippe Petit’s Moment of Concern Walking the WTC Tightrope
August 8, 2014
Our pond is short on man-eating sharks, but I can set bear traps on the bottom.Why I Hate The Beach
P. J. O’Rourke
July 27, 2014
I believe if I fell into a pond you'd say I had a way of coming up dry.Viviette
William J. Locke
But it is Thanksgivin' mornin', an' we're goin' skatin' down on the pond.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
Umpachee is an old beaver that sits in his own house, and swims in his own pond.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
It was only two days since his long talk with himself at the pond.
"Come over by the pond," he said, in what was almost a command.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
- a pool of still water, often artificially created
- (in combination)a fishpond
Word Origin and History for pond
c.1300 (mid-13c. in compounds), "artificially banked body of water," variant of pound "enclosed place" (see pound (n.2)). Applied locally to natural pools and small lakes from late 15c. Jocular reference to "the Atlantic Ocean" dates from 1640s. Pond scum (Spirogyra) is from 1864 (also called frog-spittle and brook-silk. As figurative for "someone extremely repulsive," from 1984.
- An inland body of standing water that is smaller than a lake. Natural ponds form in small depressions and are usually shallow enough to support rooted vegetation across most or all of their areas.