[ pod ]
/ pɒd /
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verb (used without object), pod·ded, pod·ding.

to produce pods.
to swell out like a pod.



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Origin of pod

First recorded in 1680–90; apparently back formation from podder “gatherer of peas (as from a garden)”; further origin uncertain)
pod·like, adjectiveun·pod·ded, adjective

Definition for pod (2 of 8)

[ pod ]
/ pɒd /


a group of aquatic animals, especially marine mammals: a pod of walruses.
a small flock of birds.

Origin of pod

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; perhaps special (originally facetious) use of pod1

Definition for pod (3 of 8)

[ pod ]
/ pɒd /


the straight groove or channel in the body of certain augers or bits.
Carpentry. pad1 (def. 15b).

Origin of pod

First recorded in 1565–75; origin uncertain; perhaps a continuation of Old English pād “outer garment, cloak,” the socket being thought of as something that covers or hides from view what is held in it (though the phonology is irregular)

Definition for pod (4 of 8)


port of debarkation.

Definition for pod (5 of 8)


a learned borrowing from Greek meaning “foot,” used in the formation of compound words: pododynia.
Also especially before a consonant, podo-.

Origin of pod-

Combining form representing Greek poús (genitive podós) foot

Definition for pod (6 of 8)


a combining form meaning “one having a foot” of the kind or number specified by the initial element; often corresponding to New Latin class names ending in -poda, with -pod used in English to name a single member of such a class: cephalopod.
Compare -ped.

Origin of -pod

From New Latin, from Greek -pod-, stem of -pous, adjective derivative of poús; see origin at foot

Definition for pod (7 of 8)

[ pee-ohd ]
/ ˈpiˈoʊd /

adjective Slang.

Definition for pod (8 of 8)



pay on delivery.
Post Office Department.
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British Dictionary definitions for pod (1 of 5)

/ (pɒd) /


  1. the fruit of any leguminous plant, consisting of a long two-valved case that contains seeds and splits along both sides when ripe
  2. the seedcase as distinct from the seeds
any similar fruit
a streamlined structure attached by a pylon to an aircraft and used to house a jet engine (podded engine), fuel tank, armament, etc
an enclosed cabin suspended from a cable or a big wheel, for carrying passengers

verb pods, podding or podded

(tr) to remove the pod or shell from (peas, beans, etc)
(intr) (of a plant) to produce pods
C17: perhaps back formation from earlier podware bagged vegetables, probably from pod, variant of cod ² + ware 1

British Dictionary definitions for pod (2 of 5)

/ (pɒd) /


a small group of animals, esp seals, whales, or birds
C19: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for pod (3 of 5)

/ (pɒd) /


a straight groove along the length of certain augers and bits
the socket that holds the bit in a boring tool
C16: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for pod (4 of 5)


abbreviation for

pay on delivery

abbreviation for

print on demand

British Dictionary definitions for pod (5 of 5)



n combining form

indicating a certain type or number of feetarthropod; tripod
from Greek -podos footed, from pous foot
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Scientific definitions for pod (1 of 2)

[ pŏd ]

A fruit or seed case that usually splits along two seams to release its seeds when mature. Legumes, such as peas and beans, produce pods.

Scientific definitions for pod (2 of 2)


A suffix meaning “foot.” It is used in the scientific names of the members of many groups of organisms, such as arthropod, an organism having “jointed feet,” and sauropod, a dinosaur having “lizard feet.” It is also used in the names of different kinds of limbs or limblike body parts, such as pseudopod, the “false foot” of an amoeba.
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