pound
I. noun (plural pounds; also pound) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English pund, from Latin pondo pound, from ablative of pondus weight — more at pendant Date: before 12th century 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 weight table 2. a. the basic monetary unit of the United Kingdom — called also pound sterling b. any of numerous basic monetary units of other countries — see money table c. the basic monetary unit of Ireland from 1921 to 2001 d. lira II II. noun Etymology: Middle English, enclosure, from Old English pund- Date: 14th century 1. a. 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 III. verb Etymology: alteration of Middle English pounen, from Old English pūnian Date: 1594 transitive verb 1. to reduce to powder or pulp by beating 2. a. 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
>
3. a. to move with or make a heavy repetitive sound b. to work hard and continuously — usually used with away IV. noun Date: 1876 an act or sound of pounding

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  • Pound — Pound, n.; pl. {Pounds}, collectively {Pound} or {Pounds}. [AS. pund, fr. L. pondo, akin to pondus a weight, pendere to weigh. See {Pendant}.] 1. A certain specified weight; especially, a legal standard consisting of an established number of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Pound — Pound, n. [AS. pund an inclosure: cf. forpyndan to turn away, or to repress, also Icel. pynda to extort, torment, Ir. pont, pond, pound. Cf. {Pinder}, {Pinfold}, {Pin} to inclose, {Pond}.] 1. An inclosure, maintained by public authority, in which …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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