- 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 ponded
For almost a mile above this great barrier the main river is ponded and almost as quiet as a lake.The Andes of Southern Peru
A brawling stream, as it winds adown the dingle, has been ponded in and set to drive some rustic mills upon its banks.Nooks and Corners of Shropshire
H. Thornhill Timmins
The first group occurs most commonly in ponded conditions or in slowly flowing streams.
The ponded conditions prevalent in that year were conducive to production and survival of young black bullheads.
In this last case, the partial fillings at various points constituted dams above which drainage was ponded, making lakes.
- a pool of still water, often artificially created
- (in combination)a fishpond
Word Origin and History for ponded
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.
Idioms and Phrases with ponded
see big fish in a small pond; little frog in a big pond.