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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 Across the pond, a few days later, a woman waved a white flag. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, "The Layered Deceptions of Jessica Krug, the Black-Studies Professor Who Hid That She Is White," 12 Sep. 2020 Across the pond, The Neon launches at No. 4 on The Official UK Albums chart. Gordon Murray, Billboard, "Erasure Returns to Top 10 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums Chart With 'The Neon'," 4 Sep. 2020 Our friends across the pond also observe the day after Christmas, Boxing Day, and get the day off of work. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, "What's the History Behind English Christmas Crackers and the Paper Crowns in Them?," 25 Aug. 2020 Then, Mercedes brought its mid-sized Metris cargo and passenger vans across the pond. Chris Dixon, Popular Mechanics, "After 17 Years, We Finally Have the Rightful Heir to the Vanagon," 21 Aug. 2020 The high-quality ice comes from a pond near North Pole, Alaska, located just southeast of Tanana Valley State Fairgrounds, where the annual competition is held. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Painstaking Art of Ice Carving," 6 Feb. 2020 The valuation gap is even more pronounced when compared with the U.S. and Asia, making a listing this side of the pond even less attractive for tech companies. Myriam Balezou, Bloomberg.com, "Tech IPOs Are Booming Everywhere But in Europe This Year," 1 Sep. 2020 If that creek or pond is tucked back in the woods, consider setting up right on the water source, as bucks will often grab a drink before heading out to feed in hot weather. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, "How to Hunt Deer in Hot Weather," 31 Aug. 2020 And if not for COVID-19, the BMW would have garnered even more worldwide curiosity as players from both sides of the pond jockeyed for Ryder Cup points and captains’ selections. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Olympia Fields can’t catch a break — this time it’s no spectators for the steamy BMW Championship — but at least it can change the national narrative," 26 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb About 5p today, deputies responded to pond near Salt Cedar Ln, Kiawah Island, for report of alligator encounter w/ a woman. NBC News, "Woman dies in alligator attack at South Carolina pond," 3 May 2020 Also ponding on the roads is likely, and slide activity is possible in areas prone to slides. oregonlive, "Portland Friday weather: Some rain, spring-like temps; snow possible for Sunday," 31 Jan. 2020 This could lead to ponding on the roads, high water areas across streets and freeways and generally hazardous driving conditions. oregonlive, "Portland metro Tuesday traffic: Time to get your vehicle ready for the rainy season," 17 Sep. 2019 The project includes digging the retention ponds several feet deeper and adding a new pump system. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian: Flooded by Irma in 2017, Orlo Vista spared this time," 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, "A U.S. Stealth Fighter Is Headed To Europe—But Which One?," 27 July 2018 Following the complete reconstruction of Blackhawk, ponding issues should be virtually eliminated. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Blackhawk rebuilding project to start in Friendswood," 21 June 2018 The first phase of the project, from January to February, addressed ponding on the trail with the installation of a new drainage system to better manage stormwater runoff collecting in the corridor, the Parks Department said. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "East side segment of Oak Leaf Trail to close for reconstruction," 11 May 2018 Dozens of tables displayed everything from healthy foods and recycling information to how to grow a lot of food in a little space to lake and pond management. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Rain & Garden Show showcased conservation and recycling," 26 Mar. 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. 2020.

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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
informal : the Atlantic Ocean


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Kids Definition of pond

: a body of water usually smaller than a lake

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