Definition and Meanings for pound

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Part of Speech of pound

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb, noun

Etymology of pound

oe. pounen, as. punian to bruise. cf. pun a play on words 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 as. pund, fr. l. pondo, akin to pondus a weight, pendere to weigh. see pendant

Meaning of pound


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • 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.

as intransitive verb

  • to strike heavy blows; to beat.
  • to make a jarring noise, as in running; as, the engine pounds.

as 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.
  • 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.

as transitive verb

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

as noun

  • a certain specified measure of mass or 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 in 1900 and $1.50 in 2002. the modern pound coin was introduced in 1983. formerly there was a gold sovereign of the same value.
  • No antonyms for pound

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