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1 16 ounces; "he tried to lift 100 pounds" [syn: lb]
2 the basic unit of money in Great Britain; equal to 100 pence [syn: British pound, pound sterling, quid]
3 the basic unit of money in Syria; equal to 100 piasters [syn: Syrian pound]
4 the basic unit of money in the Sudan; equal to 100 piasters [syn: Sudanese pound]
5 the basic unit of money in Lebanon; equal to 100 piasters [syn: Lebanese pound]
6 formerly the basic unit of money in Ireland; equal to 100 pence [syn: Irish pound, Irish punt, punt]
7 the basic unit of money in Egypt; equal to 100 piasters [syn: Egyptian pound]
8 the basic unit of money in Cyprus; equal to 100 cents [syn: Cypriot pound]
9 a nontechnical unit of force equal to the mass of 1 pound with an acceleration of free fall equal to 32 feet/sec/sec [syn: lbf.]
10 United States writer who lived in Europe; strongly influenced the development of modern literature (1885-1972) [syn: Ezra Pound, Ezra Loomis Pound]
11 a public enclosure for stray or unlicensed dogs; "unlicensed dogs will be taken to the pound" [syn: dog pound]
12 the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows); "the sudden hammer of fists caught him off guard"; "the pounding of feet on the hallway" [syn: hammer, hammering, pounding]


1 hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument; "the salesman pounded the door knocker"; "a bible-thumping Southern Baptist" [syn: thump, poke]
2 strike or drive against with a heavy impact; "ram the gate with a sledgehammer"; "pound on the door" [syn: ram, ram down]
3 move heavily or clumsily; "The heavy man lumbered across the room" [syn: lumber]
4 move rhythmically; "Her heart was beating fast" [syn: beat, thump]
5 partition off into compartments; "The locks pound the water of the canal" [syn: pound off]
6 shut up or confine in any enclosure or within any bounds or limits; "The prisoners are safely pounded" [syn: pound up]
7 place or shut up in a pound; "pound the cows so they don't stray" [syn: impound]
8 break down and crush by beating, as with a pestle; "pound the roots with a heavy flat stone"

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Etymology 1

pund, from *punda-, an early borrowing from pondō in lībra pondō ‘a pound by weight’ (a misinterpretation: pondō is the adverb meaning ‘by weight’, originally an ablative form of pondus). Cognate with Dutch pond, German Pfund, Swedish pund.


  1. A unit of weight: of 16 ounces in the avoirdupois system (= 453.592 g) or of 12 troy ounces in the troy system (= 373.242 g). Its symbol is lb.
  2. Pound-force.
  3. The symbol #
  4. A unit of currency used in Cyprus; Egypt; Lebanon; the United Kingdom and its dependencies; and formerly in the Republic of Ireland (which now uses the euro) and Israel (which now uses the sheqel). Its symbol is £.
unit of mass
US: symbol #
unit of currency

Etymology 2

pounde, from pyndan "to enclose, impound"


  1. A place for the detention of stray or wandering animals.
  2. A place for the detention of automobiles that have been illegally parked, abandoned, etc.
  3. A hard blow.
  4. The part of a canal between two locks, and therefore at the same water level.
Usage note: Manx English uses this word uncountably.
place for the detention of stray animals
place for the detention of automobiles
hard blow
The translations below need to be checked by native speakers and inserted into the appropriate table(s) above. The numbers are not necessarily correct.

Etymology 3

pounden, alteration of pounen, from pūnian. Likely influenced by Etymology 2 pounde, from pyndan "to enclose, impound," in relation to the hollow mortar for pounding with the pestle.


  1. To strike (something or someone) hard repeatedly.
  2. to crush to pieces; to pulverize
  3. (slang) To eat or drink very quickly.
    You really pounded that beer!
strike hard repeatedly
crush to pieces
eat or drink quickly
See also

Extensive Definition

Pound may refer to:





  • Dog pound, a temporary home for stray, surrendered, or abandoned pet animals
  • Buffalo pound (archaic), an enclosed space consisting of a chute and circular corral constructed for the purpose of capturing and killing large numbers of buffalo
  • Canal pound, the stretch of level water impounded between two canal locks
  • Pound cake, a type of dessert cake
  • Pound (greeting), a greeting in which two individuals touch fists
  • Pound (networking), an open-source reverse proxy and load balancing program
  • Tha Dogg Pound, a music group
  • Pound, an American rock band
  • A sharp (music sharp), a musical symbol that resembles the pound sign or number sign (#)
  • Pound (film), a 1970 film
pound in German: Pound
pound in French: Pound
pound in Dutch: Pound
pound in Japanese: パウンド
pound in Polish: Pound
pound in Slovak: Pound
pound in Thai: ปอนด์
pound in Volapük: Pound

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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