to strike repeatedly with great force, as with an instrument, the fist, heavy missiles, etc.
to produce or effect by striking or thumping, or in a manner resembling this (often followed by out): to pound out a tune on the piano.
to force (a way) by battering; batter (often followed by down): He pounded his way through the mob. He pounded the door down.
to crush into a powder or paste by beating repeatedly.
to strike heavy blows repeatedly: to pound on a door.
to beat or throb violently, as the heart.
to give forth a thumping sound: The drums pounded loudly.
to walk or go with heavy steps; move along with force or vigor.
the act of pounding.
a heavy or forcible blow.
- pounder, noun
Other definitions for pound (2 of 4)
a unit of weight and of mass, varying in different periods and countries.
(in English-speaking countries) an avoirdupois unit of weight equal to 7000 grains, divided into 16 ounces (0.453 kilogram), used for ordinary commerce. Abbreviations: lb., lb. av.
a troy unit of weight, in the U.S. and formerly in Britain, equal to 5760 grains, divided into 12 ounces (0.373 kilogram), used for gold, silver, and other precious metals. Abbreviation: lb. t.
(in the United States) an apothecaries' unit of weight equal to 5760 grains, divided into 12 ounces (0.373 kilogram). Abbreviation: lb. ap.
Also called pound sterling. a paper money, nickel-brass coin, and monetary unit of the United Kingdom formerly equal to 20 shillings or 240 pence: equal to 100 new pence after decimalization in Feb. 1971. Abbreviation: L; Symbol: £
any of the monetary units of various countries, as Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, and of certain Commonwealth of Nations countries.
a monetary unit of Ireland until the euro was adopted, equal to 100 pence.
a monetary unit of Cyprus until the euro was adopted, equal to 100 cents.
Also called pound Scots. a former Scottish money of account, originally equal to the pound sterling but equal to only a twelfth of the pound sterling at the union of the crowns of England and Scotland in 1603.
(formerly) the Turkish lira.
a former monetary unit of Israel, Libya, and Nigeria.
pounds, Citizens Band Radio Slang. a meter reading in units of five decibels: used as a measure of loudness for incoming signals.
Other definitions for pound (3 of 4)
an enclosure maintained by local government for confining stray or homeless animals: dog pound.
an enclosure for sheltering, keeping, or confining livestock, or for trapping wild animals.
Archaic. to shut up in or as in a pound; impound; imprison.
Other definitions for Pound (4 of 4)
Ezra Loo·mis [loo-mis], /ˈlu mɪs/, 1885–1972, U.S. poet.
Louise, 1872–1958, U.S. scholar and linguist.
her brother, Roscoe, 1870–1964, U.S. legal scholar and writer.
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How to use pound in a sentence
Soros Fund Management, the hedge fund still best known for “breaking” the Bank of England with its 1992 bet against the pound, has also tentatively returned to its roots.
Anything you can do to accelerate the rate of conventional breeding is going to reduce the environmental footprint of a glass of milk or a pound of meat.Biotechnology Could Change the Cattle Industry. Will It Succeed? | Dyllan Furness | August 16, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Humans even hold their own, pound for pound, against other meat-eating animals.When it comes to downing hot dogs, science says there’s a limit | Jonathan Lambert | August 7, 2020 | Science News For Students
In San Diego, between January and March, drug seizures of all kinds fell from 14,784 pounds to 4,901 pounds, though numbers have started to increase more recently.Border Report: The Pandemic Has Upended the Illegal Drug Trade | Maya Srikrishnan | June 22, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Lower than 50 percent because food is more expensive, per pound, in restaurants.What Happens When Everyone Stays Home to Eat? (Ep. 412) | Stephen J. Dubner | April 9, 2020 | Freakonomics
Someone slipped me something while I was making pound, and I had two choices—go to the hospital, or keep working.The Renegade: Robert Downey Sr. on His Classic Films, Son’s Battle with Drugs, and Bill Cosby | Marlow Stern | November 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There only be nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety pound here.Inside London’s Wild Brixton Academy: How Gangsters and Kurt Cobain Made It London’s Top Music Venue | Tom Sykes | September 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The news reports of the speech quoted that line, so it became the pound cake speech.A Full-Length Bill Cosby Portrait: From Track Star to Ugly Sweaters | Scott Porch | September 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A leopard seal is “about a thousand-pound animal with lots of teeth,” Perryman explains.
Today, ivory prices are at record highs, having tripled since that 2008 auction, up to around $1,500 a pound.
At this period it brought enormous prices, the finest selling at from fifteen to eighteen shillings per pound.
Body o' me, here's the remainder of seven pound since yesterday was seven-night!
The duty on importation had been only twopence per pound, a moderate sum in view of the prices realized by the sale of it.
In fact, I'm nothing but a quarter of a pound of 'plain,' and the price isn't worth mentioning.Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
Sometimes a piece weighing nearly a pound is found, and a weight of even ten pounds is recorded.
British Dictionary definitions for pound (1 of 4)
(when intr, often foll by on or at) to strike heavily and often
(tr) to beat to a pulp; pulverize
(tr) to instil by constant drilling: to pound Latin into him
(tr foll by out) to produce, as by typing heavily
to walk (the pavement, street, etc) repeatedly: he pounded the pavement looking for a job
(intr) to throb heavily
a heavy blow; thump
the act of pounding
- pounder, noun
British Dictionary definitions for pound (2 of 4)
an enclosure, esp one maintained by a public authority, for keeping officially removed vehicles or distrained goods or animals, esp stray dogs
a place where people are confined
a trap for animals
a trap or keepnet for fish: See pound net
(tr) to confine in or as if in a pound; impound, imprison, or restrain
British Dictionary definitions for pound (3 of 4)
an avoirdupois unit of weight that is divided into 16 ounces and is equal to 0.453 592 kilograms: Abbreviation: lb
a troy unit of weight divided into 12 ounces equal to 0.373 242 kilograms: Abbreviation: lb tr, lb t
an apothecaries' unit of weight, used in the US, that is divided into 5760 grains and is equal to one pound troy
(not in technical usage) a unit of force equal to the mass of 1 pound avoirdupois where the acceleration of free fall is 32.174 feet per second per second: Abbreviation: lbf
the standard monetary unit of the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and various UK overseas territories, divided into 100 pence: Official name: pound sterling
(as modifier): a pound coin
(the standard monetary unit of the following countries)
Cyprus: divided into 100 cents
Egypt: divided into 100 piastres
Lebanon: divided into 100 piastres
South Sudan: divided into 100 piastres
Syria: divided into 100 piastres
another name for lira (def. 2)
Also called: pound Scots a former Scottish monetary unit originally worth an English pound but later declining in value to 1 shilling 8 pence
Also called: punt the former standard monetary unit of the Republic of Ireland, divided into 100 pence; replaced by the euro in 2002
a former monetary unit of the Sudan replaced by the dinar in 1992
British Dictionary definitions for Pound (4 of 4)
Ezra (Loomis). 1885–1972, US poet, translator, and critic, living in Europe. Indicted for treason by the US government (1945) for pro-Fascist broadcasts during World War II, he was committed to a mental hospital until 1958. He was a founder of imagism and championed the early work of such writers as T. S. Eliot, Joyce, and Hemingway. His life work, the Cantos (1925–70), is an unfinished sequence of poems, which incorporates mythological and historical materials in several languages as well as political, economic, and autobiographical elements
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Scientific definitions for pound
A unit of weight in the US Customary System equal to 16 ounces (0.45 kilograms). See Table at measurement. See Note at weight.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with pound
In addition to the idioms beginning with pound
- pound of flesh
- pound out
- pound the pavement
- in for a penny, in for a pound
- penny wise, pound foolish
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