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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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. POUNDnoun

    Etymology: pond, pund , Sax. from pondo, Lat.

    He that said, that he had rather have a grain of fortune than a pound of wisdom, as to the things of this life, spoke nothing but the voice of wisdom. Robert South, Sermons.

    A pound doth consist of ounces, drams, scruples. John Wilkins.

    Great Hannibal within the balance lay,
    And tell how many pounds his ashes weigh. Dryden.

    That exchequer of medals in the cabinets of the great duke of Tuscany, is not worth so little as an hundred thousand pound. Henry Peacham, of Antiquities.

    I hurry,
    Not thinking it is levee-day,
    And find his honour in a pound,
    Hemm’d by a triple circle round. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.

  2. To Poundverb

    Etymology: punian , Sax. whence in many places they use the word pun.

    His mouth and nostrils pour’d a purple flood,
    And pounded teeth came rushing with his blood. Dryden.

    Would’st thou not rather chuse a small renown
    To be the mayor of some poor paltry town,
    To pound false weights and scanty measures break. Dryden.

    Tir’d with the search, not finding what she seeks,
    With cruel blows she pounds her blubber’d cheeks. Dryden.

    Shou’d their axle break, its overthrow
    Would crush, and pound to dust the crowd below;
    Nor friends their friends, nor fires their sons could know. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    Opaque white powder of glass, seen through a microscope, exhibits fragments pellucid and colourless, as the whole appeared to the naked eye before it was pounded. Richard Bentley.

    She describes
    How under ground the rude Riphean race
    Mimick brisk cyder, with the brakes product wild
    Sloes pounded. Philips.

    Lifted pestles brandished in the air,
    Loud stroaks with pounding spice the fabrick rend,
    And aromatick clouds in spires ascend. Samuel Garth.

    We’ll break our walls,
    Rather than they shall pound us up. William Shakespeare.

    I ordered John to let out the good man’s sheep that were pounded by night. Spectator, №. 243.

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. Dimitri Augustidis:

    The tickets to go to Greece this weekend are really expensive, it isn't because of the season, it's because of the elections. For the (general) elections in January, I went back to vote and paid 100 pound)to go two days beforehand. This referendum when I'm leaving again two days before, the tickets are 300 pounds.

  2. Noah Amos:

    It feels like I'm carrying a 100 pound baby.

  3. Jeb Bush:

    Like a lot of us, Jeb has struggled with his weight at times. I'm slightly irritated that I seem to have found every pound he's lost, iT'S JUST A FAD.

  4. Jasper Lawler:

    Brent crude above $35 per barrel and copper above $2 per pound should be enough to fend off commodity sector bears into the year end.

  5. Persian Proverb:

    One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to apply it.

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