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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

Example Sentences

Noun They moved here from across the pond.
Recent Examples on the Web
The water was sourced from hydrants, a swimming pool, and a pond in the East Terrace Gardens. Town & Country, 20 Nov. 2022 Horizontal gene transfers in eukaryotes may be happening all the time: in the pond in your backyard, in the soil beneath your feet, in the animals, insects and plants that make up the ecosystem. Quanta Magazine, 27 Oct. 2022 The news comes amid financial turmoil across the pond in the UK after the British pound dropped earlier this month. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2022 In 2018, Guevara-Molina collected clutches of eggs laid overnight by red-eyed treefrogs at a pond in the wet tropical forest surrounding STRI. Suzie Hodges, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Sep. 2022 The body of a missing boater was found in a pond in North Brookfield Sunday afternoon after a search that started Saturday night, officials said. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2022 Herman Williams, 58, was expected to be released from the Sheridan Correctional Center after Judge Mark Levitt vacated his conviction for the killing of Penny Williams, whose body was found in a shallow pond in Waukegan on Sept. 26, 1993. Clifford Ward, Chicago Tribune, 6 Sep. 2022 Her body was found three days later off Dixie Springs Road in Walker County by a woman who stopped to show her grandson a pond in the area. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 23 Aug. 2022 Authorities on Monday released the name of a 50-year-old man whose body was found floating in a pond in Lakeside in what investigators called a suspicious death. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Aug. 2022
Rain could pond up roads and lead to localized flash flooding, Petr said. Jake Sheridan, Chicago Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 Diners can take the food to-go or sit at the deck picnic tables at Millwright’s, which overlook the Hop Brook mill pond waterfall behind the restaurant. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 31 May 2022 It has been proven deadly to pond snails, which are pulmonates just like land snails. Clarissa Cruz, EW.com, 18 Mar. 2022 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 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 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



: a body of water usually smaller than a lake
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