- 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
Synonyms for pool
Related Words for poolstank, lake, bath, lagoon, pond, basin, puddle, pot, group, merge, splash, mere, tarn, natatorium, millpond, jackpot, provisions, funds, kitty, conglomerate
Examples from the Web for pools
Contemporary Examples of pools
ISIS could—and very much wanted to—“transform Iran into pools of blood,” Adnani said.Iran Says It’s Under Attack by ISIS
Jassem Al Salami
October 9, 2014
Suddenly, seeing the pools and the crayfish seemed more important than chasing away spiders.Uncovering the Secrets of St. Kitts
Debra A. Klein
June 21, 2014
“With the economic downturn, you just have pools of people out of work,” Bartolino says in an interview.At Mexican Border, Four in Five Drug Busts Involve American Citizens
Andrew Becker, G. W. Schulz, Tia Ghose
March 26, 2013
According to Nasaw, he also outlawed abuses known as pools, corners, wash sales, and match orders.“The Patriarch”: Joseph Kennedy Sr.’s Outsized Life
November 21, 2012
Pools of blood, pieces of clothing ripped off mangled limbs and trash sat on the floor.As Syria’s Bloody Civil War Rages, Aleppo’s Hospitals Are Under Siege
October 6, 2012
Historical Examples of pools
Pools of water, rock bottom; in fact, rock reservoirs, and fed by springs.Explorations in Australia
But how can she find ditches and pools in Grosvenor-square, my dear?Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
These lived at the bottom of the many ponds and pools in Wales.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
Pools of blood still marked the "execution" places in Haftdewan.
The moonlight, which dimmed their radiance, made them look like pools of blood.The Fortune of the Rougons
- British an organized nationwide principally postal gambling pool betting on the result of football matchesAlso called: football pools
Word Origin for pools
- 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
Word Origin for 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 for pool
"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.