\ ˈpänd How to pronounce pond (audio) \

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

Divers from the Boynton Beach Fire Rescue pulled Tariq Bailey’s body from a pond behind the Canterbury community off of High Ridge Road at about 10:30 a.m., said Stephanie Slater, a police spokeswoman. Tonya Alanez, sun-sentinel.com, "Car burglary suspect runs from police and drowns in pond," 23 Aug. 2019 On Thursday, a firefighter recovered the bodies of two children from a small pond near Conroe. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Five Houston-area children drown in one week," 16 Aug. 2019 The 68-year-old woman was outside her home in Hilton Head Island, roughly 25 yards away from a pond in the Sun City retirement community, around 10 p.m., according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. Fox News, "South Carolina woman, 68, bit by alligator while walking dog near pond," 14 Aug. 2019 Residents wanted assurances that the water used to control dust wouldn’t be taken from a pond on the property. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Thompson Approves Another Gravel Mining Operation," 29 July 2019 The ducks almost certainly came from a nearby retention pond, where a flock of two dozen swim safely, protected by a chain-link fence that keeps predators out. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Apopka man squawks about code violation for chickens: ‘They’re not mine’," 25 July 2019 After swimming, Kelsey Pandiani leads her five young campers up a sandy trail from the pond to the showers. Jenna Russell, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Here I can be free’: Childhood burn survivors find a haven in Conn. summer camp," 10 Aug. 2019 Officials recovered a body Thursday morning from a pond behind the Amazon Fulfillment Center in southeast Oak Cliff. Sara Coello, Dallas News, "Officials recover body from pond behind southeast Oak Cliff Amazon fulfillment center," 1 Aug. 2019 Crews have begun air-lifting the fish from a holding pond below the rockslide where the sockeyes are netted, tagged and put in oxygenated aluminum tanks for transport and release upriver. Anchorage Daily News, "On air-lifting salmon to spawning grounds in BC, Alaska commercial fisheries funding and seafood delivery," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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