pot

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noun (1)

1
a
: a usually rounded metal or earthen container used chiefly for domestic purposes (as in cooking or for holding liquids or growing plants)
also : any of various technical or industrial vessels or enclosures resembling or likened to a household pot
the pot of a still
b
: potful
a pot of coffee
2
: an enclosed framework of wire, wood, or wicker for catching fish or lobsters
3
a
: a large amount (as of money)
b(1)
: the total of the bets at stake at one time
(2)
: one round in a poker game
c
: the common fund of a group
4
5
6
: ruin
gone to pot
7
British : a shot in snooker in which a ball is pocketed
8
: a vessel for urination and defecation: such as
b
: potty

pot

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verb

potted; potting

transitive verb

1
a
: to place in a pot
b
: to pack or preserve (something, such as cooked and chopped meat) in a sealed pot, jar, or can often with aspic
2
: to shoot with a potshot
3
: to make or shape (earthenware) as a potter
4
: to embed (something, such as electronic components) in a container with an insulating or protective material (such as plastic)

intransitive verb

: to take a potshot

pot

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noun (2)

pot

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abbreviation

1
potential
2
potentiometer

Examples of pot in a Sentence

Verb She spent the afternoon potting tulip bulbs.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
More:Illegal pot trade linked to Mexican drug cartels leaves contaminants, dead animals behind The cartel expects its workers to make calls to Americans every day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., working in shifts, according to government officials. Steve Fisher, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 With the help of the interpreter, McClatchy contacted three Chinese currently on probation for involvement in a Elk Grove pot house that police raided last year. Stuart Leavenworth, Sacramento Bee, 21 Feb. 2024 Potting And Repotting Water Lilies Water lilies are often grown in pots to help contain their spread. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 21 Feb. 2024 Carrying less than three ounces of pot is a misdemeanor, with penalties of up to $1,000 (with no minimum) and a year in jail. Ian Max Stevenson, Idaho Statesman, 21 Feb. 2024 The delays come as the Biden administration begins dispensing the first major awards from a $39 billion pot of money aimed at building up the U.S. semiconductor industry and reducing the nation’s dependence on technology manufactured in East Asia. Ana Swanson, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2024 And to support my daily caffeine addiction on those trips, that usually meant bringing along instant coffee and a pot to boil water over an open fire – for the sake of convenience. Scott Kramer, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 From pot pies to ice cream sundaes, the options are endless–and the cute cocotte itself will look great on your oven or in your cabinets. Rachel Simon, Travel + Leisure, 13 Feb. 2024 In colder areas, grow it in pots that can be stored under cover or in a garage during winter. Karen Hugg, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2024
Verb
Plant the seeds in a potting mix or soil with an equal distribution of peat, perlite, and volcanic rock. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 19 Feb. 2024 Just get a ginger root from the grocery store, chop it into 1-inch chunks, and plant those in a pretty good-size pot with just an inch of potting mix on top, leaving several inches between each piece of ginger. Katherine Roth, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 On display – in two permanent galleries – are Indian religious sculpture, a Thai head of Buddha, Japanese tea bowls, Chinese earthenware pots from 500 B.C. and Japanese scrolls. Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 After the killing was carried out, prosecutors allege Brady potted on to his next would-be victim, Troxell. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 But for containers, use basic potting mix, which is slightly acidic and well-draining. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 25 Jan. 2024 Zach Bogosian, traded from Tampa Bay to Minnesota in November, scored for the Wild, potting a slap shot from the right circle with 4:25 remaining, but Brandon Hagel added an empty net goal after a turnover by Hartman in the Wild zone with 41 seconds remaining. John Shipley, Twin Cities, 4 Jan. 2024 Some plant wall systems include spaces for soilless potting medium so other types of plants can be grown, plus irrigation systems. Deb Wiley, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Jan. 2024 Calathea are also sensitive to water quality and potting mix salts. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 11 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English pott; akin to Middle Low German pot pot

Noun (2)

perhaps modification of Mexican Spanish potiguaya

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pot was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pot. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

pot

1 of 3 noun
1
a
: a deep rounded container for household purposes
cooking pot
b
: the quantity held by a pot
a pot of tea
2
: an enclosed trap for catching fish or lobsters
3
a
: a large quantity or sum
b
: the total of the bets at stake at one time
4
: ruin entry 1 sense 1
business went to pot

pot

2 of 3 verb
potted; potting
1
: to preserve in a sealed pot, jar, or can
2
: to plant or grow in a pot

pot

3 of 3 noun
Etymology

Noun

perhaps from Mexican Spanish potiguaya "marijuana"

Medical Definition

pot

1 of 2 noun
: a usually rounded container

pot

2 of 2 noun

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