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: 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


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ponded; ponding; ponds

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
Mosley escaped the pond with hypothermia, and rescuers immediately transported him to South Georgia Medical Center, according to the fire department. Makiya Seminera, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024 Near the end of the hike, hikers are rewarded with a large pond featuring various bird species, plus a nearby bench that would be perfect for a picnic. Maura Fox, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Feb. 2024 And the woods can be pocked with streams, ponds and swamps that freeze quickly. Luis Ferré-Sadurní, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 Big Idaho bass are likely pushing 10 years old, and those 6-pound giants swimming in the local ponds might be teenagers! Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 11 Feb. 2024 Detectives and cadaver dogs found partial remains at the pond on Dec. 24, 2023. Kendrick Calfee, Kansas City Star, 10 Feb. 2024 Walsh legacy remains at Sierra Noonan regularly walks by the pond in the middle of the Sierra College campus, which looks like any ordinary body of water. Joe Davidson, Sacramento Bee, 9 Feb. 2024 Any random pond, field, or feeder can draw a real rarity. Taylor Piephoff, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Somewhere up the mountain, that shallow pond was already starting to freeze over again. Nick Fasciano, Outdoor Life, 8 Feb. 2024
Typically, wood ducks fly down creeks, or to swamps or beaver ponds first thing in the morning. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, 15 Feb. 2024 Kids will love the free butterfly terrace, Asian garden, bridges and ponds with waterfalls. Samantha Sabin -, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 But people who grow tired of caring for their goldfish will often release them into the wild, erroneously believing their five-inch pet is an innocent addition to a lake or pond. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Dec. 2023 The house sits higher than the farmland, so water collected from the roof and ponds all drains down to irrigate the farm land. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2023 Paddle around the surrounding streams and ponds in a canoe and kayak (rentals cost around $15 per adult) at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Carlye Wisel, Travel + Leisure, 2 Dec. 2023 Beaver ponds with brushy cover offer good hunting, as do overgrown farm fields, old apple orchards, and young forests near water. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, 18 Oct. 2023 The lure was a slosh of water into which rabbit-food pellets are dissolved and left to rot, simulating the puddles and ponds rich in decaying plant matter where mosquitoes lay their eggs. Andy Newman, New York Times, 29 Aug. 2023 Rising above the Georgia landscape’s tar-black creeks and still ponds were a diversity of trees — pine, oak, cypress, swamp chestnut — and the animals that lived in them. John Kelly, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1673, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of pond was in the 14th century

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“Pond.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pond. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a body of water usually smaller than a lake
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