- a small body of standing water; pond.
- a still, deep place in a stream.
- any small collection of liquid on a surface: a pool of blood.
- a puddle.
- swimming pool.
- a subterranean accumulation of oil or gas held in porous and permeable sedimentary rock (reservoir).
- to form a pool.
- (of blood) to accumulate in a body part or organ.
- to cause pools to form in.
- to cause (blood) to form pools.
- of or for a pool: pool filters.
- taking place or occurring around or near a pool: a pool party.
Origin of pool1
- 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.
- 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.
- to enter into or form a pool.
- of or belonging to a pool: a pool typist; a pool reporter.
Origin of pool2
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Examples from the Web for pooling
Efforts at pooling resources began in the run-up to the 2012 presidential campaign.Dem Donors’ Lysistrata Moment on Climate Change
September 18, 2014
Blood was pooling beneath her cornea, forming what is known as a hyphema.Breaking Mount Everest’s Glass Ceiling
Amanda Padoan, Peter Zuckerman
March 30, 2014
Insurance everywhere works by pooling together similar risks.The Beach House Bailout
January 16, 2013
Mofaz, Tzipi Livni, and others are all taking about pooling their forces, but behind whom, exactly?Obama's Two Elections
October 22, 2012
The Mars500 crew is doing the same, pooling the holidays of their home nations and celebrating them all.How Space Agencies Are Preparing for a Mission to Mars
February 12, 2011
In two minutes the pooling was completed and the Kid prepared to set out.The Golden Woman
But this method of "pooling" the profits is sometimes unsatisfactory.A Tramp's Notebook
The Prussian pooling agreements with the Bavarian railways are typical.
This would mean the repeal of the present prohibition of pooling.
Progress is a matter of communication and pooling ideas and discoveries.Naudsonce
H. Beam Piper
- 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
- See swimming pool
- 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
- a joint fund organized by security-holders for speculative or manipulative purposes on financial markets
- 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
- 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)
Word Origin and History for pooling
"small body of water," Old English pol "small body of water; deep, still place in a river," from West Germanic *pol- (cf. Old Frisian and Middle Low German pol, Dutch poel, Old High German pfuol, German Pfuhl). As a short form of swimming pool it is recorded from 1901. Pool party is from 1965.
game similar to billiards, 1848, originally (1690s) a card game played for collective stakes (a "pool"), from French poule "stakes, booty, plunder," literally "hen," from Old French poille "hen, young fowl" (see foal (n.)).
Perhaps the original notion is from jeu de la poule, supposedly a game in which people threw things at a chicken and the player who hit it, won it, which speaks volumes about life in the Middle Ages. The notion behind the word, then, is "playing for money." The connection of "hen" and "stakes" is also present in Spanish polla and Walloon paie.
Meaning "collective stakes" in betting first recorded 1869; sense of "common reservoir of resources" is from 1917. Meaning "group of persons who share duties or skills" is from 1928. From 1933 as short for football pool in wagering. Pool shark is from 1898. The phrase dirty pool "underhanded or unsportsmanlike conduct," especially in politics (1951), seems to belong here now, but the phrase dirty pool of politics, with an image of pool (n.1) is recorded from 1871 and was in use early 20c.
"to make a common interest, put things into a pool," 1871, from pool (n.2). Related: Pooled; pooling.
of liquid, "to form a pool or pools," 1620s, from pool (n.1).
- A collection of blood in any region of the body due to dilation and retardation of the circulation in capillaries and veins.