\ ˈpäd How to pronounce pod (audio) \

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

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

Definition of pod (Entry 3 of 6)

intransitive verb

: to produce pods

Definition of pod (Entry 4 of 6)

: a number of animals (such as whales) clustered together

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 above

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 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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