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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


They moved here from across the pond.

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Asian carp were first introduced to help clean ponds in the southern United States, according to the release. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, "Evanston mayor joins international call to action as invasive Asian carp threaten Great Lakes," 13 June 2019 But across the pond in London this afternoon, Sophie Turner brought some drama of her own, debuting a new post-Game of Thrones hair look complete with a full set of fringe. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Sophie Turner Steps Out With a Dramatic Post-Game of Thrones Hair Look in London," 23 May 2019 This initiative -- which is already a thing across the pond in the UK -- will feature 1 product that well, Topshop Loves, every Thursday for a limited time, at a discounted price. Teen Vogue, "Thursdays Just Got Way Better Thanks to Topshop's Latest Sale," 11 Apr. 2019 They got engaged on a frozen pond in Iceland over the holidays. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "This Is Why Jacob Roloff Isn't on "Little People, Big World"," 1 Apr. 2019 In 2014, a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that pollution-laden runoff into suburban ponds in the U.S. might be turning larval male amphibians into females. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "Healthy frogs can mysteriously reverse their sex," 21 Mar. 2019 The actor and director is across the pond in London to attend the BAFTAs, where A Star Is Born is nominated in seven categories, according to Huff Post. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Arrives at the 2019 Grammys in a Glam Silver Gown," 11 Feb. 2019 Several agencies responded to the scene to assist with the search, and a Porter County Sheriff’s Department K-9 tracked to a pond in the Williamsburg Apartments complex where Tamira was found unresponsive. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Valparaiso mom charged in 3-year-old girl's drowning; waited an hour before calling police, court records say," 11 July 2018 There’s Dean Martin, who plays a big fish in a little pond, the richest man MacLaine is meant to marry at the behest of her mother. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "An Ode to the Campiest Film You’ve Probably Never Seen," 19 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Heavy showers and ponding on roads could hamper the Monday morning commute. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Heavy rain, flooding and thunderstorms possible Sunday evening through Monday morning," 13 Apr. 2018 Because of all the snow melt that took place on Thursday, there could be a few areas of ice Friday morning, especially where water may have dripped from the roof and elsewhere where water ponded. Gary Lessor, courant.com, "Possible Icy Conditions Friday Morning," 8 Mar. 2018 Be ready for puddles and ponding on your walk, drive or ride Tuesday morning. Rosemarie Stein, OregonLive.com, "Portland Metro Tuesday Traffic: Soggy streets, bus stops and bike lanes for the morning ride," 9 Jan. 2018 The solution agreed upon Tuesday night will involve the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installing pipes underground, running parallel to the beach to collect water that otherwise would have ponded on the beach. Washington Post, "APNewsBreak: US, New Jersey town agree on beach flooding fix," 13 Sep. 2017

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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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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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