pound

noun (1)
\ ˈpau̇nd \
plural pounds also pound

Definition of pound 

(Entry 1 of 6)

1 : any of various units of mass and weight specifically : a unit now in general use among English-speaking peoples equal to 16 avoirdupois ounces or 7000 grains or 0.4536 kilogram — see Weights and Measures Table

2a : the basic monetary unit of the United Kingdom

called also pound sterling

b : any of numerous basic monetary units of other countries (such as Egypt, Lebanon, Syria) — see Money Table

c : the basic monetary unit of Ireland from 1921 to 2001

d : lira entry 2

e : the basic monetary unit of Cyprus from 1960 to 2008

pound

noun (2)

Definition of pound (Entry 2 of 6)

1a : an enclosure for animals especially : a public enclosure for stray or unlicensed animals a dog pound

b : a depot for holding impounded personal property until redeemed by the owner a car pound

2 : a place or condition of confinement

3 : an enclosure within which fish are kept or caught especially : the inner compartment of a fish trap or pound net

pound

verb
pounded; pounding; pounds

Definition of pound (Entry 3 of 6)

transitive verb

1 : to reduce to powder or pulp by beating

2a : to strike heavily or repeatedly

b : to produce with or as if with repeated vigorous strokes usually used with out pound out a story on the typewriter

c : to inculcate by insistent repetition : drive day after day the facts were pounded home to them —Ivy B. Priest

d : to move, throw, or carry forcefully and aggressively pound the ball down the field

3 : to move along heavily or persistently pounded the pavement looking for work

4 : to drink or consume rapidly : slug pound down some beers

intransitive verb

1 : to strike heavy repeated blows

2 : pulsate, throb my heart was pounding

3a : to move with or make a heavy repetitive sound

b : to work hard and continuously usually used with away

pound

noun (3)

Definition of pound (Entry 4 of 6)

: an act or sound of pounding

Pound

biographical name (1)
\ ˈpau̇nd \

Definition of Pound (Entry 5 of 6)

Ezra Loomis 1885–1972 American poet

Pound

biographical name (2)

Definition of Pound (Entry 6 of 6)

Roscoe 1870–1964 American jurist

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Other words from pound

Biographical name (1)

Poundian \ˈpau̇n-dē-ən \ adjective

Examples of pound in a Sentence

Verb

Heavy waves pounded the shore. The metal is heated and then pounded into shape. He got frustrated and started to pound the piano keys. He pounded his fist on the table. The boxers were really pounding each other. Waves pounded against the side of the boat. The wheat is pounded into flour. Pound the herbs and garlic until they form a paste. He came pounding down the stairs. The horses pounded up the track.
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First Known Use of pound

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

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

Noun (3)

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pound

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English pund, from Latin pondo pound, from ablative of pondus weight — more at pendant

Noun (2)

Middle English, enclosure, from Old English pund-

Verb

alteration of Middle English pounen, from Old English pūnian

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The first known use of pound was before the 12th century

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pound

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pound

: to hit (something or someone) with force again and again

: to crush or break (something) into very small pieces by hitting it again and again

: to walk or run with heavy and loud steps

pound

noun
\ ˈpau̇nd \

Kids Definition of pound

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a measure of weight equal to 16 ounces (about .45 kilograms)

2 : any of several units of money (as of the United Kingdom or Egypt)

pound

noun

Kids Definition of pound (Entry 2 of 3)

: a place where stray animals are kept

pound

verb
pounded; pounding

Kids Definition of pound (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : to crush or break into very small pieces by beating The wheat is pounded into flour.

2 : to hit with force again and again He pounded his fist on the table. Waves pounded the shore.

3 : to move with heavy and loud steps Horses pounded down the track.

4 : throb entry 1 sense 2 My heart was pounding.

pound

noun
\ ˈpau̇nd \
plural pounds also pound

Medical Definition of pound 

: any of various units of mass and weight: as

a : a unit of troy weight equal to 12 troy ounces or 5760 grains or 0.3732417216 kilogram formerly used in weighing gold, silver, and a few other costly materials

called also troy pound

b : a unit of avoirdupois weight equal to 16 avoirdupois ounces or 7000 grains or 0.45359237 kilogram

called also avoirdupois pound

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