16 ounces avoirdupois
"he got a hernia when he tried to lift 100 pounds"
British pound, pound, British pound sterling, pound sterling, quid(noun)
the basic unit of money in Great Britain and Northern Ireland; equal to 100 pence
a unit of apothecary weight equal to 12 ounces troy
Syrian pound, pound(noun)
the basic unit of money in Syria; equal to 100 piasters
Sudanese pound, pound(noun)
the basic unit of money in the Sudan; equal to 100 piasters
Lebanese pound, pound(noun)
the basic unit of money in Lebanon; equal to 100 piasters
Irish pound, Irish punt, punt, pound(noun)
formerly the basic unit of money in Ireland; equal to 100 pence
Egyptian pound, pound(noun)
the basic unit of money in Egypt; equal to 100 piasters
Cypriot pound, pound(noun)
the basic unit of money in Cyprus; equal to 100 cents
a nontechnical unit of force equal to the mass of 1 pound with an acceleration of free fall equal to 32 feet/sec/sec
Pound, Ezra Pound, Ezra Loomis Pound(noun)
United States writer who lived in Europe; strongly influenced the development of modern literature (1885-1972)
pound, pound sign(noun)
a symbol for a unit of currency (especially for the pound sterling in Great Britain)
pound, dog pound(noun)
a public enclosure for stray or unlicensed dogs
"unlicensed dogs will be taken to the pound"
hammer, pound, hammering, pounding(verb)
the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows)
"the sudden hammer of fists caught him off guard"; "the pounding of feet on the hallway"
thump, pound, poke(verb)
hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument
"the salesman pounded the door knocker"; "a bible-thumping Southern Baptist"
ram, ram down, pound(verb)
strike or drive against with a heavy impact
"ram the gate with a sledgehammer"; "pound on the door"
move heavily or clumsily
"The heavy man lumbered across the room"
beat, pound, thump(verb)
"Her heart was beating fast"
pound, pound off(verb)
partition off into compartments
"The locks pound the water of the canal"
pound, pound up(verb)
shut up or confine in any enclosure or within any bounds or limits
"The prisoners are safely pounded"
place or shut up in a pound
"pound the cows so they don't stray"
break down and crush by beating, as with a pestle
"pound the roots with a heavy flat stone"
to strike repeatedly with some heavy instrument; to beat
to comminute and pulverize by beating; to bruise or break into fine particles with a pestle or other heavy instrument; as, to pound spice or salt
to strike heavy blows; to beat
to make a jarring noise, as in running; as, the engine pounds
an inclosure, maintained by public authority, in which cattle or other animals are confined when taken in trespassing, or when going at large in violation of law; a pinfold
a level stretch in a canal between locks
a kind of net, having a large inclosure with a narrow entrance into which fish are directed by wings spreading outward
to confine in, or as in, a pound; to impound
a certain specified weight; especially, a legal standard consisting of an established number of ounces
a British denomination of money of account, equivalent to twenty shillings sterling, and equal in value to about $4.86. There is no coin known by this name, but the gold sovereign is of the same value
Origin: [OE. pounen, AS. punian to bruise. Cf. Pun a play on words.]
The pound or pound-mass is a unit of mass used in the imperial, United States customary and other systems of measurement. A number of different definitions have been used, the most common today being the international avoirdupois pound which is legally defined as exactly 0.45359237 kilograms. The unit is descended from the Roman libra; the name pound is a Germanic adaptation of the Latin phrase libra pondo, 'a pound by weight'. Usage of the unqualified term pound reflects the historical conflation of mass and weight. This accounts for the modern distinguishing terms pound-mass and pound-force.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pownd, n. long the unit of weight in the western and central states of Europe, differing, however, in value in all of them—a weight of 16 oz. avoirdupois for general goods, the troy-pound of 12 oz. being for bullion (the troy lb. is defined as 5760 grains, of which the lb. avoirdupois contains 7000): the pound sterling, a money of account: a sovereign or 20s., also represented in Scotland by a note (the Pound Scots is 1⁄12th of the pound sterling, or 1s. 8d.—of its twenty shillings each is worth an English penny): (Spens.) a balance.—v.t. (slang) to wager a pound on.—ns. Pound′age, a charge or tax made on each pound; Pound′al, a name sometimes used for the absolute foot pound second unit of force, which will produce in one pound a velocity of one foot per second, after acting for one second; Pound′-cake, a sweet cake whose ingredients are measured by weight; Pound′er, he who has, or that which weighs, many pounds—used only after a number, as a 12-pounder.—adj. Pound′-fool′ish, neglecting the care of large sums in attending to little ones. [A.S. pund—L. pondo, by weight, pondus, a weight—pendĕre, to weigh.]
pownd, v.t. to shut up or confine, as strayed animals.—n. an enclosure in which strayed animals are confined: a level part of a canal between two locks: a pound-net.—ns. Pound′age, a charge made for pounding stray cattle; Pound′-keep′er; Pound′-net, a kind of weir in fishing, forming a trap by an arrangement of nets (the wings, leader, and pocket, bowl, or pound). [A.S. pund, enclosure.]
pownd, v.t. to beat into fine pieces: to bruise: to bray with a pestle.—v.i. to walk with heavy steps.—n. Pound′er. [M. E. pounen—A.S. punian, to beat; -d excrescent.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'pound' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3419
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'pound' in Written Corpus Frequency: #308
Rank popularity for the word 'pound' in Nouns Frequency: #205
The numerical value of pound in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of pound in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Penny wise, pound foolish.
It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I just beat people up.
Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.
How to win a case in court: If the law is on your side, pound on the law; if the facts are on your side, pound on the facts; if neither is on your side, pound on the table.
We started out diving for 25 cents an urchin. When I got 35 cents a pound, I thought I was going to get rich. Then, it hit a dollar a pound and we all celebrated -- and then it hit $2 a pound.
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Translations for pound
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- باوند, منا, رطل, جنيهArabic
- lliuraCatalan, Valencian
- bušit, libra, útulekCzech
- pwys, puntWelsh
- Pfund, Tierheim, Verwahrstelle, ZwingerGerman
- λίρα, λίβρα, μαντρί, μνα, μάντραGreek
- pundo, funtoEsperanto
- pilar, libra, perrera, pulverizarSpanish
- naula, eläinkoti, isku, pommittaa, takoa, rusikoida, jyskyttää, ryskyttää, imaista, punta, pauna, takavarikkoalue, troy-naula, sulkuallas, hakata, murskata, marssiaFinnish
- livre, fourrière, pilonnerFrench
- punt, pónaIrish
- punnd, nota, buail, notScottish Gaelic
- bacino idrico, martellare, colpire, flagellare, ingurgitare, frantumare, battere, polverizzare, picchiare, canile, botta, lira, recinto, colpo forte, deposito auto, pestare, trangugiare, tritare, affogarsi, triturare, libbra, lira sterlina, gattile, tonfo, sterlina, autoparco, martellioItalian
- 파운드, 빻다Korean
- PondLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- daužyti, svarasLithuanian
- фунта, либра, кафилеријаMacedonian
- paund, kandang, paun, kurunganMalay
- lira, libraMaltese
- pond, beukenDutch
- pulverizar, devorar, libra, pátio, libra esterlina, bater, triturar, abrigo, batidaPortuguese
- livră, pfund, pisa, bate, lirăRomanian
- колоти́ть, дроби́ть, фунт, толочь, раздробля́ть, моло́ть, ло́патьRussian
- фунта, funtaSerbo-Croatian
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