Nearby words

  1. pooh bah,
  2. pooh-bah,
  3. pooh-pooh,
  4. pook,
  5. pooka,
  6. pool hall,
  7. pool malebo,
  8. pool table,
  9. pool train,
  10. poole

Origin of pool

before 900; Middle English; Old English pōl; cognate with Dutch poel, German Pfuhl




Also called pocket billiards. any of various games played on a pool table with a cue ball and 15 other balls that are usually numbered, in which the object is to drive all the balls into the pockets with the cue ball.
the total amount staked by a combination of bettors, as on a race, to be awarded to the successful bettor or bettors.
the combination of such bettors.
an association of competitors who agree to control the production, market, and price of a commodity for mutual benefit, although they appear to be rivals.
Finance. a combination of persons or organizations for the purpose of manipulating the prices of securities.
a combination of resources, funds, etc., for common advantage.
the combined interests or funds.
a facility, resource, or service that is shared by a group of people: a car pool; a typing pool.
the persons or parties involved.
the stakes in certain games.
British. a billiard game.
Fencing. a match in which each teammate successively plays against each member of the opposing team.

verb (used with object)

to put (resources, money, etc.) into a pool, or common stock or fund, as for a financial venture, according to agreement.
to form a pool of.
to make a common interest of.

verb (used without object)

to enter into or form a pool.


of or belonging to a pool: a pool typist; a pool reporter.

Origin of pool

First recorded in 1685–95, pool is from the French word poule stakes, literally, hen. See pullet

Related formspool·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pooling

British Dictionary definitions for pooling




a small body of still water, usually fresh; small pond
a small isolated collection of liquid spilt or poured on a surface; puddlea pool of blood
a deep part of a stream or river where the water runs very slowly
an underground accumulation of oil or gas, usually forming a reservoir in porous sedimentary rock

Word Origin for pool

Old English pōl; related to Old Frisian pōl, German Pfuhl




any communal combination of resources, funds, etca typing pool
the combined stakes of the betters in many gambling sports or games; kitty
commerce a group of producers who conspire to establish and maintain output levels and high prices, each member of the group being allocated a maximum quota; price ring
finance, mainly US
  1. a joint fund organized by security-holders for speculative or manipulative purposes on financial markets
  2. the persons or parties involved in such a combination
any of various billiard games in which the object is to pot all the balls with the cue ball, esp that played with 15 coloured and numbered balls; pocket billiards

verb (tr)

to combine (investments, money, interests, etc) into a common fund, as for a joint enterprise
commerce to organize a pool of (enterprises)
Australian informal to inform on or incriminate (someone)
See also pools

Word Origin for pool

C17: from French poule, literally: hen used to signify stakes in a card game, from Medieval Latin pulla hen, from Latin pullus young animal

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Word Origin and History for pooling
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Medicine definitions for pooling




A collection of blood in any region of the body due to dilation and retardation of the circulation in capillaries and veins.

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