\ˈpänd \

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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

He and Charles Jones later buried her body, burned their clothing and ditched the digging tools in a pond near the highway. Washington Post, "Family sees justice in teen’s death more a decade later," 11 July 2018 Orange County deputies identified on Sunday the body of a man found dead in a retention pond off State Road 408 in east Orange County last month, according to the sheriff's office. Lisa Maria Garza, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Osceola County man found dead in retention pond off SR 408 in east Orange County, deputies say," 9 July 2018 Public data show that the three Bexar cases involved boys drowning in community and backyard pools, while the Kerr case involved a girl drowning in a pond. Brian Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Child drownings on the rise in Bexar County and Texas," 3 July 2018 Port Wentworth officials called in Marine Control, thinking the child could be in the pond. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, ""That's a child": Video shows dramatic rescue of missing 2-year-old in the woods," 28 June 2018 Hialeah Gardens Mayor Yionet De La Cruz observes the fish in the pond at the Botanical Gardens in Hialeah Gardens. Enrique Flor, miamiherald, "What do a B-26 bomber and a botanical garden have in common? Hialeah Gardens," 22 June 2018 Other members of the audience expressed concerns for wildlife in the pond, including beavers and the fish stocked by the DEEP. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Plan To Remove Jewett City Dams Meets With Misgivings," 12 June 2018 Libertyville police were warning motorists to avoid the area of Route 45 and Northwind Boulevard Monday evening during the evening rush after a car appeared to have ended up in a pond. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Car pulled from pond near Route 45 in Libertyville," 4 June 2018 The big annual party, which predates me, is a Labor Day pig roast, when everybody’s friends and friends of friends cover the lawn in a patchwork of picnic blankets, bring side dishes or desserts, and make sure their kids don’t drown in the pond. Peter Meehan, Bon Appetit, "Entering a National Barbecue Competition Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 That means poor drainage issues are possible (ponding on the roads) as well as some small streams could rise quickly. Fox61 Weather Team, courant.com, "Warm And Humid Weather Continues Thursday," 12 July 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

the pond : the Atlantic Ocean


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Kids Definition of pond

: a body of water usually smaller than a lake

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