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Definition of pond

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a body of water usually smaller than a lake a fishing pond sometimes used with the to refer informally or facetiously to the Atlantic Ocean


ponded; ponding; ponds

Definition of pond (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to block (something, such as a stream) to create a pond

intransitive verb

: to collect in or form a pond

Examples of pond in a Sentence

Noun They moved here from across the pond.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The house was an impressive 4,983 square feet, with five bedrooms, 5½ baths and about 200 feet of frontage on the pond. Claire Wilson, WSJ, 20 July 2021 Prior to the fireworks, thousands of water lanterns, decorated by community members, will glow on the Keller Town Hall pond. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, 29 June 2021 The men took kayaks out on the pond, which is about 8 feet deep, and one of the kayaks capsized. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2021 Of course, season 10 already premiered across the pond back in April. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 2 Sep. 2021 For many soccer enthusiasts in the United States, names like Barcelona and Real Madrid are within touching distance, despite being across the pond. Henry Flynn, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Across the pond, a defiant White House has doubled down on its decision-making, showing little contrition for its role in the chaotic scenes unfolding in Kabul. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 Several prominent comedians from across the pond, including Bill Bailey, Jimmy Carr, and Stephen Merchant have mourned the loss of their close friend on social media. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 19 Aug. 2021 Thankfully, our chic counterparts across the pond have decided to streamline that process and partner with one of our favorite and most tempting retailers to make stacking your medicine cabinet and makeup bags as simple as clicking. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, 12 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Water will pond and fill ditches and small streams, according to the special weather statement. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 16 July 2021 Diners can spread out on the picnic tables on the deck, which are covered with tiki umbrellas and some of which overlook the Hop Brook mill pond waterfall behind the restaurant. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 22 June 2021 The ground is quite soggy from melted snow and recent rain across the region, so water will likely quickly pond in areas. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2020 About 5p today, deputies responded to pond near Salt Cedar Ln, Kiawah Island, for report of alligator encounter w/ a woman. NBC News, 3 May 2020 Also ponding on the roads is likely, and slide activity is possible in areas prone to slides. oregonlive, 31 Jan. 2020 This could lead to ponding on the roads, high water areas across streets and freeways and generally hazardous driving conditions. oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2019 The project includes digging the retention ponds several feet deeper and adding a new pump system. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, 4 Sep. 2019 Before the summer is out, one of America's stealth fighters will head across to pond to be stationed in Europe. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, 27 July 2018

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First Known Use of pond


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1673, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for pond


Middle English ponde artificially confined body of water, probably alteration of pounde enclosure — more at pound

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“Pond.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pond. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pond

: an area of water that is surrounded by land and that is smaller than a lake
: the Atlantic Ocean


\ ˈpänd How to pronounce pond (audio) \

Kids Definition of pond

: a body of water usually smaller than a lake


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