- 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 ponding
The idea of ponding up the superfluous flood discharge of the river is not a new one, and if Herodotus is to be believed, Storage.
One thing he loved was ponding, which began as soon as the days were warm enough.Humpty Dumpty's Little Son
Helen Reid Cross
And great barricades of ice still in the rivers blocking them up, and ponding them.Lorna Doone
R. D. Blackmore
- a pool of still water, often artificially created
- (in combination)a fishpond
Word Origin and History for ponding
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 ponding
see big fish in a small pond; little frog in a big pond.