pound

1
[ pound ]
/ paʊnd /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun


Nearby words

  1. poultice,
  2. poultry,
  3. poultryman,
  4. pounce,
  5. pouncet box,
  6. pound cake,
  7. pound cost averaging,
  8. pound key,
  9. pound net,
  10. pound of flesh

Origin of pound

1
before 1000; Middle English pounen, Old English pūnian; akin to Dutch puin rubbish

Related formspound·er, noun

Synonym study

1. See beat.

pound

3
[ pound ]
/ paʊnd /

noun

verb (used with object)

Archaic. to shut up in or as in a pound; impound; imprison.

Origin of pound

3
1350–1400; Middle English poond; compare late Old English pund- in pundfald pinfold; akin to pond

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British Dictionary definitions for pounding

Pound

/ (paʊnd) /

noun

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

pound

1
/ (paʊnd) /

verb

noun

a heavy blow; thump
the act of pounding
Derived Formspounder, noun

Word Origin for pound

Old English pūnian; related to Dutch puin rubble

pound

2
/ (paʊnd) /

noun

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
  1. a trap for animals
  2. a trap or keepnet for fishSee pound net

verb

(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

pound

3
/ (paʊnd) /

noun

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 pounding
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Medicine definitions for pounding

pound

[ pound ]

n.

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

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Science definitions for pounding

pound

[ 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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Idioms and Phrases with pounding

pound

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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