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verb (used with object)
  1. to strike repeatedly with great force, as with an instrument, the fist, heavy missiles, etc.
  2. 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.
  3. to force (a way) by battering; batter (often followed by down): He pounded his way through the mob. He pounded the door down.
  4. to crush into a powder or paste by beating repeatedly.
verb (used without object)
  1. to strike heavy blows repeatedly: to pound on a door.
  2. to beat or throb violently, as the heart.
  3. to give forth a thumping sound: The drums pounded loudly.
  4. to walk or go with heavy steps; move along with force or vigor.
  1. the act of pounding.
  2. a heavy or forcible blow.
  3. a thump.

Origin of pound

before 1000; Middle English pounen, Old English pūnian; akin to Dutch puin rubbish
Related formspound·er, noun

Synonym study

1. See beat.


  1. an enclosure maintained by public authorities for confining stray or homeless animals.
  2. an enclosure for sheltering, keeping, confining, or trapping animals.
  3. an enclosure or trap for fish.
  4. a place of confinement or imprisonment.
  5. a place or area where cars or other vehicles are impounded, as those towed away for being illegally parked.
  6. reach(def 26).
verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to shut up in or as in a pound; impound; imprison.

Origin of pound

1350–1400; Middle English poond; compare late Old English pund- in pundfald pinfold; akin to pond
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Contemporary Examples of pounded

Historical Examples of pounded

  • Hippy said he pounded and shouted and howled and wailed and pounded some more.

  • The amazing lift was gone from her gait, and she pounded heavily with the forelegs.

  • He brought his chair to a level and pounded the desk with a weighty fist.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • She leaned forward, and with her closed fist, pounded the blanket before him.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Turn what way she would, they surrounded, enveloped and pounded down upon her.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

British Dictionary definitions for pounded


  1. 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


  1. (when intr, often foll by on or at) to strike heavily and often
  2. (tr) to beat to a pulp; pulverize
  3. (tr) to instil by constant drillingto pound Latin into him
  4. (tr foll by out) to produce, as by typing heavily
  5. to walk (the pavement, street, etc) repeatedlyhe pounded the pavement looking for a job
  6. (intr) to throb heavily
  1. a heavy blow; thump
  2. the act of pounding
Derived Formspounder, noun

Word Origin for pound

Old English pūnian; related to Dutch puin rubble


  1. an enclosure, esp one maintained by a public authority, for keeping officially removed vehicles or distrained goods or animals, esp stray dogs
  2. a place where people are confined
    1. a trap for animals
    2. a trap or keepnet for fishSee pound net
  1. (tr) to confine in or as if in a pound; impound, imprison, or restrain

Word Origin for pound

C14: from Late Old English pund- as in pundfeald pinfold


  1. an avoirdupois unit of weight that is divided into 16 ounces and is equal to 0.453 592 kilogramsAbbreviation: lb
  2. a troy unit of weight divided into 12 ounces equal to 0.373 242 kilogramsAbbreviation: lb tr, lb t
  3. an apothecaries' unit of weight, used in the US, that is divided into 5760 grains and is equal to one pound troy
  4. (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 secondAbbreviation: lbf
    1. the standard monetary unit of the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and various UK overseas territories, divided into 100 penceOfficial name: pound sterling
    2. (as modifier)a pound coin
  5. (the standard monetary unit of the following countries)
    1. Cyprus: divided into 100 cents
    2. Egypt: divided into 100 piastres
    3. Lebanon: divided into 100 piastres
    4. South Sudan: divided into 100 piastres
    5. Syria: divided into 100 piastres
  6. another name for lira (def. 2)
  7. Also called: pound Scots a former Scottish monetary unit originally worth an English pound but later declining in value to 1 shilling 8 pence
  8. Also called: punt the former standard monetary unit of the Republic of Ireland, divided into 100 pence; replaced by the euro in 2002
  9. a former monetary unit of the Sudan replaced by the dinar in 1992

Word Origin for pound

Old English pund, from Latin pondō pound; related to German Pfund pound, Latin pondus weight
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Word Origin and History for pounded



measure of weight, Old English pund "pound" (in weight or money), also "pint," from West Germanic *punda- "pound" as a measure of weight (cf. Gothic pund, Old High German phunt, German Pfund, Middle Dutch pont, Old Frisian and Old Norse pund), early borrowing from Latin pondo "pound," originally in libra pondo "a pound by weight," from pondo (adv.) "by weight," ablative of *pondus "weight" (see span (v.)). Meaning "unit of money" was in Old English, originally "pound of silver."

At first "12 ounces;" meaning "16 ounces" was established before late 14c. Pound cake (1747) so called because it has a pound, more or less, of each ingredient. Pound of flesh is from "Merchant of Venice" IV.i. The abbreviations lb., £ are from libra, and reflect the medieval custom of keeping accounts in Latin.



"enclosed place for animals," late 14c., from late Old English word surviving in compounds (e.g. pundfald "penfold, pound"), related to pyndan "to dam up, enclose (water)," and thus from the same root as pond. Ultimate origin unknown; some sources indicate a possible root *bend meaning "protruding point" found only in Celtic and Germanic.



"hit repeatedly," from Middle English pounen, from Old English punian "crush, pulverize, beat, bruise," from West Germanic *puno- (cf. Low German pun, Dutch puin "fragments"). With intrusive -d- from 16c. Sense of "beat, thrash" is from 1790. Related: Pounded; pounding.

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pounded in Medicine


  1. A unit of weight that is the basis of the avoirdupois system, equal to 16 ounces or 453.592 grams.
  2. A unit of apothecary weight equal to 12 ounces or 373.242 grams.
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pounded in Science


  1. 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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Idioms and Phrases with pounded


In addition to the idioms beginning with pound

  • pound of flesh
  • pound out
  • pound the pavement

also see:

  • in for a penny, in for a pound
  • penny wise, pound foolish
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