a somewhat elongated, two-valved seed vessel, as that of the pea or bean.
a dehiscent fruit or pericarp having several seeds.
an insect egg case.
a compact mass of insect eggs.
a streamlined enclosure, housing, or detachable container of some kind: an engine pod under the wing of an aircraft.
a protective compartment, as for an automobile's instrument gauges.
bubble (def. 11b): I've agreed with some friends to become part of their pandemic pod.
Mining. an orebody that has an elongated or lenticular shape.
Radio and Television Slang. a cluster of brief commercials or spot announcements.
to produce pods.
to swell out like a pod.
- pod·like, adjective
- un·pod·ded, adjective
Other definitions for pod (2 of 9)
a group of aquatic animals, especially marine mammals: a pod of walruses.
a small flock of birds.
Other definitions for pod (3 of 9)
podcast: What pods do you listen to?I'll be podding about the film next week.We should pod all the discussions we're having leading up to our trip.
Other definitions for pod (4 of 9)
the straight groove or channel in the body of certain augers or bits.
Carpentry. pad1 (def. 15b).
Other definitions for POD (5 of 9)
port of debarkation.
Other definitions for pod- (6 of 9)
a learned borrowing from Greek meaning “foot,” used in the formation of compound words: pododynia.
- Also especially before a consonant, podo- .
Other definitions for -pod (7 of 9)
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.
Other definitions for p.o.'d (8 of 9)
Other definitions for P.O.D. (9 of 9)
pay on delivery.
Post Office Department.
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How to use pod in a sentence
Targeting pods can bulge out a bit, and leak out unwanted signals.Newest U.S. Stealth Fighter ‘10 Years Behind’ Older Jets | Dave Majumdar | December 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A new report says laundry detergent pods are sending 20,000 kids to the hospital each year.Kids Eat the Darndest Things: Laundry Pods, Teething Necklaces, and More Of The Weirdest Stuff Sending Kids to the E.R. | Russell Saunders | November 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Think two metal tubes placed side by side enclosed with pods inside of them.
Pods run one direction down one tube and the opposite direction down the other.
High speed air thrusts the pods from one location to the final destination, continuously giving them little bursts along the way.
On another side, beans, with their velvety pods, climbed toward the sky.Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children | Mabel Powers
The scarlet sage-pods were brown and seeds were dropping from their tiny gaping mouths.The Trail of the Lonesome Pine | John Fox, Jr.
Several shrivelled red pods fell out as Ann obeyed, and so much loose pepper that they both began sneezing violently.Mildred's Inheritance | Annie Fellows Johnston
This is the chilli; the pepper-pods of that name, a species of capsicum; the guinea-pepper.Mexico | Charles Reginald Enock
Yet I have frequently eaten twelve or fifteen of these pods without experiencing the least injurious effect.
British Dictionary definitions for pod (1 of 5)
the fruit of any leguminous plant, consisting of a long two-valved case that contains seeds and splits along both sides when ripe
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
(tr) to remove the pod or shell from (peas, beans, etc)
(intr) (of a plant) to produce pods
British Dictionary definitions for pod (2 of 5)
a small group of animals, esp seals, whales, or birds
British Dictionary definitions for pod (3 of 5)
a straight groove along the length of certain augers and bits
the socket that holds the bit in a boring tool
British Dictionary definitions for POD (4 of 5)
pay on delivery
print on demand
British Dictionary definitions for -pod (5 of 5)
indicating a certain type or number of feet: arthropod; tripod
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Scientific definitions for pod (1 of 2)
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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