Definitions for poundpaʊnd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to strike repeatedly with great force, as with an instrument, the fist, heavy missiles, etc.

  2. to produce or effect by or as if by striking or thumping (often fol. by out).

  3. to force (a way) by battering; batter (often fol. by down).

  4. to crush into a powder or paste by beating repeatedly.

  5. (v.i.)to strike heavy blows repeatedly.

  6. to beat or throb violently, as the heart.

  7. to give forth a thumping sound.

  8. to walk or go with heavy steps.

  9. to work with force or vigor (often fol. by away).

  10. (n.)the act of pounding.

  11. a heavy or forcible blow.

  12. a thump.

Idioms for pound:

  1. pound the pavement,Informal. to walk the streets unremittingly, as to find work.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

* Syn: See beat.

Origin of pound:

bef. 1000; ME pounen, OE pūnian; akin to D puin rubbish


poundpaʊnd(n.)(pl.)pounds; pound.

  1. a unit of weight and of mass, varying in different periods and countries.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  2. (in English-speaking countries) an avoirdupois unit of weight equal to 7000 grains, divided into 16 ounces (0.453 kg), used for ordinary commerce. a troy unit of weight, in the U.S. and formerly in Britain, equal to 5760 grains, divided into 12 ounces (0.373 kg), used for precious metals. (in the U.S.) a unit of apothecaries' weight equal to 5760 grains, divided into 12 ounces (0.373 kg).

    Category: Weights and Measures

    Ref: Abbr.: lb., 1 lb. av.; Abbr.: lb. t.

  3. Category: Numismatics

    Ref: Also called pound sterling.; Abbr.: L; 4

  4. the basic monetary unit of Cyprus, Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan, and Syria.

    Category: Numismatics

  5. punt4.

    Category: Numismatics

  6. a former monetary unit of various countries, as Israel, Libya, and Nigeria.

    Category: Numismatics

Idioms for pound:

  1. pound of flesh,something justly owed but costly to the payer.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of pound:

bef. 900; ME; OE pund (c. D pond, G Pfund, ON, Go pund) 蠐 L pondō pound, abl. of pondus weight, in the phrase libra pondō a pound by weight; see libra


  1. an enclosure maintained by public authorities for confining stray or homeless animals.

  2. an enclosure for sheltering, keeping, confining, or trapping animals.

    Category: Animal Husbandry

  3. an enclosure or trap for fish.

  4. a place of confinement or imprisonment.

  5. a place where illegally parked vehicles are impounded.

    Category: Transportation

Origin of pound:

1350–1400; ME poond; cf. late OE pund- in pundfaldpinfold ; akin to pond


  1. Ezra Loomis, 1885–1972, U.S. poet.

    Category: Biography

  2. Roscoe, 1870–1964, U.S. legal scholar and botanist.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pound, lb(noun)

    16 ounces avoirdupois

    "he got a hernia when he tried to lift 100 pounds"

  2. 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

  3. pound(noun)

    a unit of apothecary weight equal to 12 ounces troy

  4. Syrian pound, pound(noun)

    the basic unit of money in Syria; equal to 100 piasters

  5. Sudanese pound, pound(noun)

    the basic unit of money in the Sudan; equal to 100 piasters

  6. Lebanese pound, pound(noun)

    the basic unit of money in Lebanon; equal to 100 piasters

  7. Irish pound, Irish punt, punt, pound(noun)

    formerly the basic unit of money in Ireland; equal to 100 pence

  8. Egyptian pound, pound(noun)

    the basic unit of money in Egypt; equal to 100 piasters

  9. Cypriot pound, pound(noun)

    the basic unit of money in Cyprus; equal to 100 cents

  10. pound, lbf.(noun)

    a nontechnical unit of force equal to the mass of 1 pound with an acceleration of free fall equal to 32 feet/sec/sec

  11. Pound, Ezra Pound, Ezra Loomis Pound(noun)

    United States writer who lived in Europe; strongly influenced the development of modern literature (1885-1972)

  12. pound, pound sign(noun)

    a symbol for a unit of currency (especially for the pound sterling in Great Britain)

  13. pound, dog pound(noun)

    a public enclosure for stray or unlicensed dogs

    "unlicensed dogs will be taken to the pound"

  14. 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"

  15. 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"

  16. ram, ram down, pound(verb)

    strike or drive against with a heavy impact

    "ram the gate with a sledgehammer"; "pound on the door"

  17. lumber, pound(verb)

    move heavily or clumsily

    "The heavy man lumbered across the room"

  18. beat, pound, thump(verb)

    move rhythmically

    "Her heart was beating fast"

  19. pound, pound off(verb)

    partition off into compartments

    "The locks pound the water of the canal"

  20. pound, pound up(verb)

    shut up or confine in any enclosure or within any bounds or limits

    "The prisoners are safely pounded"

  21. impound, pound(verb)

    place or shut up in a pound

    "pound the cows so they don't stray"

  22. pound(verb)

    break down and crush by beating, as with a pestle

    "pound the roots with a heavy flat stone"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pound(noun)ʊnd

    a unit for measuring weight equal to .454 kilograms

    a baby weighing 8 pounds

  2. poundʊnd


    It only cost a few pounds.

  3. poundʊnd

    the symbol (#), found on keyboards and phones

    Enter your password followed by pound.

  4. pound(verb)ʊnd

    to hit repeatedly with force

    police pounding on the door; Huge guns pounding the city.

  5. poundʊnd

    (of sb's heart) to beat quickly

    My heart was pounding with fear.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pound(verb)

    to strike repeatedly with some heavy instrument; to beat

  2. Pound(verb)

    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

  3. Pound(verb)

    to strike heavy blows; to beat

  4. Pound(verb)

    to make a jarring noise, as in running; as, the engine pounds

  5. Pound(noun)

    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

  6. Pound(noun)

    a level stretch in a canal between locks

  7. Pound(noun)

    a kind of net, having a large inclosure with a narrow entrance into which fish are directed by wings spreading outward

  8. Pound(verb)

    to confine in, or as in, a pound; to impound

  9. Pound

    of Pound

  10. Pound(noun)

    a certain specified weight; especially, a legal standard consisting of an established number of ounces

  11. Pound(noun)

    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


  1. Pound

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pound' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3419

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pound' in Written Corpus Frequency: #308

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pound' in Nouns Frequency: #205

Translations for pound

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(also pound sterling

usually abbreviated to $L when written with a number) the standard unit of British currency, 100 (new) pence.

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