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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 The department put thousands of channel catfish into the ponds in the fall. USA TODAY, "Navajo ‘Baby Shark,’ Stanley Hotel, final ‘Plunge for Pete’: News from around our 50 states," 31 Dec. 2019 Authorities pulled the body of a 57-year-old man from a pond near his home after he was reported missing Thursday night. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, "Body pulled from Pulaski County pond after apparent accidental drowning, sheriff's office says," 27 Dec. 2019 The boys, ages 8 and 7, went into a private pond in Franklin County, west of St. Louis, on Sunday, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Natalie Johnson, CNN, "Missouri boys drown in frozen pond," 23 Dec. 2019 Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner shared in a tweet that a family of six was traveling at 11:30 a.m. CST on Thanksgiving morning when their car left the roadway and crashed into a pond near the state's northern border with Nebraska. Phil Mccausland, NBC News, "Four kids killed in Thanksgiving car accident in Kansas," 29 Nov. 2019 Pate then pushed Tour Commissioner Deane Beman and course designer Pete Dye into the pond by the 18th green and dived in after them. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Alabama 200: State’s sports history littered with amazing, memorable moments," 27 Nov. 2019 Authorities in Thuringia said on Facebook the incident happened Saturday afternoon when the children were fishing from a pond near Wölfis. Fox News, "World War II ammunition fished out of pond in Germany by children with magnet," 19 Nov. 2019 Security footage from Huron Valley Gun Range in Oakland County shows a car rolling into a pond. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Man dives in water to retrieve firearms after car rolls into Oakland Co. pond," 18 Nov. 2019 The driver eventually crashed into a retention pond at I-10 and Kirkwood, where he was taken into custody. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Driver crashes into pond after high-speed chase in west Houston," 14 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pond.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pond. Accessed 17 January 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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