Definitions for: Pound


[n] the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows); "the sudden hammer of fists caught him off guard"; "the pounding of feet on the hallway"
[n] a public enclosure for stray or unlicensed dogs; "unlicensed dogs will be taken to the pound"
[n] United States writer who lived in Europe; strongly influenced the development of modern literature (1885-1972)
[n] a nontechnical unit of force equal to the mass of 1 pound with an acceleration of free fall equal to 32 feet/sec/sec
[n] the basic unit of money in Great Britain; equal to 100 pence
[n] the basic unit of money in Cyprus; equal to 100 cents
[n] the basic unit of money in Egypt; equal to 100 piasters
[n] the basic unit of money in Ireland; equal to 100 pence
[n] the basic unit of money in Lebanon; equal to 100 piasters
[n] the basic unit of money in the Sudan; equal to 100 piasters
[n] the basic unit of money in Syria; equal to 100 piasters
[n] 16 ounces; "he tried to lift 100 pounds"
[v] break down and crush by beating, as with a pestle; "pound the roots with a heavy flat stone"
[v] place or shut up in a pound; "pound the cows so they don't stray"
[v] shut up or confine in any enclosure or within any bounds or limits; "The prisoners are safely pounded"
[v] hit hard with the had, fist, or some heavy instrument; "the salesman pounded the door knocker"; "a bible-thumping Southern Baptist"
[v] partition off into compartments; "The locks pound the water of the canal"
[v] strike or drive against with a heavy impact; "ram the gate with a sledgehammer"; "pound on the door"
[v] move rhythmically; "Her heart was beating fast"
[v] move heavily or clumsily; "The heavy man lumbered across the room"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pound, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pounded; p. pr. & vb. n.
Pounding.] [OE. pounen, AS. punian to bruise. Cf. Pun a
play on words.]
1. To strike repeatedly with some heavy instrument; to beat.

With cruel blows she pounds her blubbered cheeks.
--Dryden.

2. 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.


Pound, v. i.
1. To strike heavy blows; to beat.

2. (Mach.) To make a jarring noise, as in running; as, the
engine pounds.


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
cattle or other animals are confined when taken in
trespassing, or when going at large in violation of law; a
pinfold. --Shak.

2. A level stretch in a canal between locks.

3. (Fishing) A kind of net, having a large inclosure with a
narrow entrance into which fish are directed by wings
spreading outward.

Pound covert, a pound that is close or covered over, as a
shed.

Pound overt, a pound that is open overhead.


Pound, v. t.
To confine in, or as in, a pound; to impound. --Milton.


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 ounces.

Note: The pound in general use in the United States and in
England is the pound avoirdupois, which is divided into
sixteen ounces, and contains 7,000 grains. The pound
troy is divided into twelve ounces, and contains 5,760
grains. 144 pounds avoirdupois are equal to 175 pounds
troy weight. See Avoirdupois, and Troy.

2. 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.

Note: The pound sterling was in Saxon times, about a. d. 671,
a pound troy of silver, and a shilling was its
twentieth part; consequently the latter was three times
as large as it is at present. --Peacham.

Synonyms: beat, British pound, Cypriot pound, dog pound, Egyptian pound, Ezra Loomis Pound, Ezra Pound, hammer, hammering, impound, Irish pound, lb, lbf., Lebanese pound, lumber, poke, pound off, pound sterling, pounding, punt, quid, ram, ram down, Sudanese pound, Syrian pound, thump, thump

See Also: author, avoirdupois unit, blow, break up, British monetary unit, confine, Cypriot monetary unit, Egyptian monetary unit, enclosure, flap, flutter, force unit, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize, hit, hold, Irish monetary unit, Lebanese monetary unit, mil, move, ounce, oz., palpitate, partition, partition off, penny, piaster, piastre, poet, pulsate, pulse, quarter, restrain, stone, Sudanese monetary unit, Syrian monetary unit, thrash, throb, thrust, walk, writer

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