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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 During the construction process, the team added an acre to the retention pond, a helipad, and a new entry for ambulances on the south side of the property. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Hoar Construction finishes work on $11.6 million Saraland emergency building," 5 Feb. 2020 However, Karnowski said district teachers and administrators have said the property's pond, prairie and wetlands provide potential learning opportunities for students. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc School Board members are split on what to do with the old Meadow View Elementary School," 31 Jan. 2020 The nearly 12,000-square-foot estate features seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, with a pond, basketball and sand volleyball courts, creek and woods outside. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Ex-Colts coach Chuck Pagano's $2M Zionsville mansion off the market and still his," 29 Jan. 2020 Roughly 16 miles from Texas A&M University, the property features eight ponds, a 7-acre fishing lake, an equestrian barn, sports, court, putting green and a pool with an oil derrick. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Big real estate in small Texas towns," 28 Jan. 2020 Being in the ocean is more physically demanding on your body than swimming in a pool, pond, river or creek. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, "70-Year-Old California Tourist Dies After Boogie Boarding Incident in Hawaii," 24 Jan. 2020 The trout stocking on the Blanco is part of TPWD’s annual winter program that began in late November and will continue through March until a total of 343,650 trout 10 inches and longer are released at 185 ponds, lakes and rivers across the state. John Goodspeed, ExpressNews.com, "With Rainbow stockings the early birds get the trout," 23 Jan. 2020 All along the coastline are the log ponds, mud ramps where trees are loaded onto barges and towed to cargo vessels offshore. National Geographic, "Logging is corrupting these islands. One village fights back—and wins.," 3 Jan. 2020 For decades, coal ash has been stored in landfills or in ponds, often near waterways into which toxins can leach. USA TODAY, "Butter Gritty, radish stink, goatnapping: News from around our 50 states," 3 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Also ponding on the roads is likely, and slide activity is possible in areas prone to slides. oregonlive, "Portland Friday weather: Some rain, spring-like temps; snow possible for Sunday," 31 Jan. 2020 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

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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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12 Feb 2020

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“Pond.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pond?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=pond0001. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce pond (audio)

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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