What does Pound mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pound, lbnoun

    16 ounces avoirdupois

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

  2. British pound, pound, British pound sterling, pound sterling, quidnoun

    the basic unit of money in Great Britain and Northern Ireland; equal to 100 pence

  3. poundnoun

    a unit of apothecary weight equal to 12 ounces troy

  4. Syrian pound, poundnoun

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

  5. Sudanese pound, poundnoun

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

  6. Lebanese pound, poundnoun

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

  7. Irish pound, Irish punt, punt, poundnoun

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

  8. Egyptian pound, poundnoun

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

  9. Cypriot pound, poundnoun

    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 Poundnoun

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

  12. pound, pound signnoun

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

  13. pound, dog poundnoun

    a public enclosure for stray or unlicensed dogs

    "unlicensed dogs will be taken to the pound"

  14. hammer, pound, hammering, poundingverb

    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, pokeverb

    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, poundverb

    strike or drive against with a heavy impact

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

  17. lumber, poundverb

    move heavily or clumsily

    "The heavy man lumbered across the room"

  18. beat, pound, thumpverb

    move rhythmically

    "Her heart was beating fast"

  19. pound, pound offverb

    partition off into compartments

    "The locks pound the water of the canal"

  20. pound, pound upverb

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

    "The prisoners are safely pounded"

  21. impound, poundverb

    place or shut up in a pound

    "pound the cows so they don't stray"

  22. poundverb

    break down and crush by beating, as with a pestle

    "pound the roots with a heavy flat stone"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Poundverb

    to strike repeatedly with some heavy instrument; to beat

  2. Poundverb

    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. Poundverb

    to strike heavy blows; to beat

  4. Poundverb

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

  5. Poundnoun

    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. Poundnoun

    a level stretch in a canal between locks

  7. Poundnoun

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

  8. Poundverb

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

  9. Pound

    of Pound

  10. Poundnoun

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

  11. Poundnoun

    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

  12. Etymology: [OE. pounen, AS. punian to bruise. Cf. Pun a play on words.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pound

    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 112th 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.]

  2. Pound

    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.]

  3. Pound

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pound

    A lagoon, or space of water, surrounded by reefs and shoals, wherein fish are kept, as at Bermuda.

Rap Dictionary

  1. poundnoun

    4 pound - .40 cal pistol; tre pound - .30 cal pistol

  2. poundnoun

    4 pound - .45 caliber gun; tre pound - .38 revolver

  3. poundnoun

    tre pound - .357 magnum revolver A .38 special round can fit in some .357 revolvers. More or less, a tre# means TRE= 3 and #= any number .30 .32 .33 .35 .357 .38 Same for the four# four=4 and #= any number .40 .41 .44 .45

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pound in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pound in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Pound in a Sentence

  1. Liam Payne:

    I was a director of a half-a-billion pound industry at 22. But if I am trying to pay car insurance I am useless. Picking up my post? I am the worst person in the world. You are deluded in your growth.

  2. Randall Kallinen:

    98 pound special needs inmate brain dead after attack by 240 pound repeat violent offender with knife at understaffed Harris County jail, we shall get justice.

  3. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    An ounce of passion can inspire a pound of talent.

  4. Renee Cupp:

    It’s our favorite candy for sure. We have it in the house almost all the time. We have the Half Pound Big Cup in our freezer and the Reese’s spread in our pantry.

  5. Ted Weisberg:

    The Fed is the 800-pound gorilla, but it's an 800-pound gorilla that's been pushed back in its cage, and it's not going anywhere, i would have to think that the bias will continue to be on the positive side for the market.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. bonzer
    • B. lacerate
    • C. bibulous
    • D. askant

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