noun (1)
\ ˈpäd How to pronounce pod (audio) \
plural pods

Definition of pod

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1 : a bit socket in a brace
2 : a straight groove or channel in the barrel of an auger


noun (2)
plural pods

Definition of pod (Entry 2 of 6)

1 : a dry dehiscent pericarp or fruit that is composed of one or more carpels especially : legume
2a : an anatomical pouch
b : a grasshopper egg case
3 : a tapered and roughly cylindrical body of ore or mineral
4 : a usually protective container or housing: such as
a : a streamlined compartment (as for fuel) under the wings or fuselage of an aircraft
b : a compartment (as for personnel, a power unit, or an instrument) on a ship or craft


podded; podding; pods

Definition of pod (Entry 3 of 6)

intransitive verb

: to produce pods


noun (3)
plural pods

Definition of pod (Entry 4 of 6)

1 : a number of animals (such as whales) clustered together
2 : a usually small group of people (such as family members, friends, coworkers, or classmates) who regularly interact closely with one another but with few or no others in order to minimize exposure and reduce the transmission of infection during an outbreak of a contagious disease : bubble entry 1 sense 7b If you're planning to celebrate with close family or friends who aren't in your quarantine pod, there are a few ways to make sure your gathering is safe for everyone.— Kelly Vaughan You can … share a beer tent you built in your backyard with your pandemic pod or even have a neighborhood street party with everyone in their own front yards.PR Newswire … oversaw the engineering of new processes … with … employees working in pods so if someone became ill, only that group was affected.— Joanna Pachner For example, students are broken up into pods throughout the day and in classrooms so if there is a COVID-19 case, it's easier for the school to contact trace and know who to keep home.— Ryan Nickerson Pods—a homeschooling option that puts students together in small groups as a way to share remote learning supervision and child care duties between their respective families—have caught on across the U.S. as school districts move classes online amid the COVID-19 pandemic.— Erin Udell

Definition of POD (Entry 5 of 6)

1 payable on death
2 pay on delivery

Definition of -pod (Entry 6 of 6)

: foot : part resembling a foot pleopod

First Known Use of pod

Noun (1)

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1678, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pod

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

probably alteration of cod bag — more at codpiece

Noun (3)

origin unknown

Noun combining form

Greek -podos, from pod-, pous foot — more at foot

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“Pod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pod. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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\ ˈpäd How to pronounce pod (audio) \

Kids Definition of pod

: a fruit (as a pea or bean) that is dry when ripe and splits open to free its seeds

Medical Definition of POD

postoperative day

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