pod

1
[pod]

noun

verb (used without object), pod·ded, pod·ding.

to produce pods.
to swell out like a pod.

Origin of pod

1
1680–90; apparently back formation from podder peasecod gatherer; comparepodder, variant of podware, unexplained variant of codware bagged vegetables (cod2 + -ware crops, vegetables)
Related formspod·like, adjectiveun·pod·ded, adjective

pod

2
[pod]

noun

a small herd or school, especially of seals or whales.
a small flock of birds.

Origin of pod

2
1825–35, Americanism; perhaps special (orig. facetious) use of pod1

pod

3
[pod]

noun

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

Origin of pod

3
1565–75; origin uncertain; perhaps a continuation of Old English pād covering, cloak, the socket being thought of as something that covers or hides from view what is held in it (though the phonology is irregular)

POD

port of debarkation.

pod-

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

-pod

a combining form meaning “one having a foot” of the kind or number specified by the initial element; often corresponding to Neo-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

< New Latin < Greek -pod-, stem of -pous, adj. derivative of poús foot

p.o.'d

[pee-ohd]

adjective Slang.

P.O.D.

pay on delivery.
Post Office Department.
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Examples from the Web for pod

Contemporary Examples of pod

Historical Examples of pod

  • She is her father's own child and she is like him as two pase in the pod.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Over five thousand betting, and the guesses as close as peas in a pod.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • The pod is elliptical, and the cotton which bursts from it at maturity is snow-white.

  • Rub the warts with the inside of a bean pod, and then throw the pod away.

    Welsh Folk-Lore

    Elias Owen

  • "Yellow cotton" was cotton which for any reason had been stained in the pod.


British Dictionary definitions for pod

pod

1

noun

  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

Word Origin for pod

C17: perhaps back formation from earlier podware bagged vegetables, probably from pod, variant of cod ² + ware 1

pod

2

noun

a small group of animals, esp seals, whales, or birds

Word Origin for pod

C19: of unknown origin

pod

3

noun

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

Word Origin for pod

C16: of unknown origin

POD

abbreviation for

pay on delivery

abbreviation for

print on demand

-pod

-pode

n combining form

indicating a certain type or number of feetarthropod; tripod

Word Origin for -pod

from Greek -podos footed, from pous foot
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Word Origin and History for pod
n.1

"seed of beans," 1680s, of uncertain origin; found earlier in podware "seed of legumes, seed grain" (mid-15c.), which had a parallel form codware "husked or seeded plants" (late 14c.), related to cod "husk of seeded plants," which was in Old English. In reference to pregnancy from 1890; in reference to a round belly from 1825. Meaning "detachable body of an aircraft" is from 1950. Pod people (1956) is from movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," based on novel by Jack Finney.

n.2

"herd of whales or seals," 1827, American English, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pod in Science

pod

[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.

-pod

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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