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Pound

Pound appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • About sixty codfish eggs will make a quarter pound of very fizzy jelly. (58 letters)
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Usage statistics for the noun pound:

spoken English89.9%written English10.1% conversational speech45.1%task-oriented speech54.9%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun pound:

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Pound is sometimes a misspelling of pounds.

The word pound is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun pound

What does pound mean as a name of something?

Pound is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in speech, being the 8th most common noun in spoken English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: pounds

  1. 16 ounces avoirdupois
    • example: he got a hernia when he tried to lift 100 pounds
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of pound: lb
    • more generic term: avoirdupois unit = any of the units of the avoirdupois system of weights
    • part of: stone = an avoirdupois unit used to measure the weight of a human body; quarter = a quarter of a hundredweight
    • parts:
      • ounce / oz. = a unit of weight equal to one sixteenth of a pound or 16 drams or 28.349 grams
      • half pound = 8 ounces avoirdupois
  2. the basic unit of money in Great Britain and Northern Ireland; equal to 100 pence
  3. a unit of apothecary weight equal to 12 ounces troy
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic term: force unit = a unit of measurement of physical force
  4. the basic unit of money in Syria; equal to 100 piasters
  5. the basic unit of money in the Sudan; equal to 100 piasters
  6. the basic unit of money in Lebanon; equal to 100 piasters
  7. formerly the basic unit of money in Ireland; equal to 100 pence
  8. the basic unit of money in Egypt; equal to 100 piasters
  9. the basic unit of money in Cyprus; equal to 100 cents
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of pound: Cypriot pound
    • more generic term: Cypriot monetary unit = monetary unit in Cyprus
    • part: mil = a Cypriot monetary unit equal to one thousandth of a pound
  10. a nontechnical unit of force equal to the mass of 1 pound with an acceleration of free fall equal to 32 feet/sec/sec
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of pound: lbf.
    • more generic term: force unit = a unit of measurement of physical force
    • part: quarter pound = 4 ounces avoirdupois
  11. a symbol for a unit of currency (especially for the pound sterling in Great Britain)
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of pound: pound sign
    • more generic word: symbol = an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
  12. a public enclosure for stray or unlicensed dogs
    • example: unlicensed dogs will be taken to the pound
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of pound: dog pound
    • more generic word: enclosure = a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
  13. the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows)
    • example: the pounding of feet on the hallway
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of pound: hammer / hammering / pounding
    • more generic word: blow = a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

Alternative definition of the noun pound

noun

  1. Short for pound-force, a unit of force/weight.
    • synonym: lb
  2. A unit of mass equal to 16 avoirdupois ounces (= 453.592 37 g)
  3. A unit of mass equal to 12 troy ounces (≈ 373.242 g).
  4. [US] The symbol [unsupported, #] (octothorpe, hash)
  5. The unit of currency of used in the United Kingdom and its dependencies.
  6. Any of various units of currency used in Cyprus, Egypt, Lebanon, and formerly in the Republic of Ireland and Israel.
  7. A place for the detention of stray or wandering animals.
  8. A place for the detention of automobiles that have been illegally parked, abandoned, etc.
  9. The part of a canal between two locks, and therefore at the same water level.
  10. A hard blow.

Definition of the verb pound

What does pound mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: pounded | pounding | pounds

  1. hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument
    • example: the salesman pounded the door knocker
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] at [Patient]Paul hit at the window | Paula swatted at the fly
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] at [Patient] with [Instrument]Paul hit at the window with an open hand | Paula swatted at the fly with a dishcloth
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Instrument]Paul hit her elbow
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Instrument] against / on [Patient]Paul hit her elbow on the doorknob
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient]Paula hit the ball | Paula spanked the child | Paula swatted the fly
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]Paul kicked the door open | Paula bit the bag open | They spanked him dead
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective] with [Instrument]Paul hit the door open with his foot | Paula swatted the fly dead with a dishcloth
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]Paul hit the window to pieces
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument]Paul hit the window to pieces with a hammer
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]Paula hit the ball with a stick | Paula spanked the child with her right hand | Paula swatted the fly with a dishcloth
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient, plural] togetherPaula hit the sticks together
      [Instrument - body part or reflexive] [Verb] [Patient]The stick hit the fence
      [Instrument - body part or reflexive] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]The stick hit the door open
      [Instrument - body part or reflexive] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]The hammer hit the window to pieces

      Verbs of Contact by Impact (with the same syntax): batter, beat, bump, butt, drum, hammer, hit, jab, kick, knock, lash, rap, slap, smack, smash, strike, tap.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of pound: poke / thump
    • more generic word: hit = deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  2. strike or drive against with a heavy impact
    • example: pound on the door
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of pound: ram / ram down
    • more generic word: thrust = push forcefully
  3. move heavily or clumsily
    • example: The children pound to the playground
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of pound: lumber
    • more generic word: walk = use one's feet to advance
  4. move rhythmically
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Patient - body part] [Verb]My heart is pounding
      [Patient - body part] [Verb] from / at [Cause]My heart is pounding from fear

      Verbs Involving the Body (with the same syntax): ache, burn, hum, prickle, pucker, reel, smart, spin, split, sting, swim, throb, tickle, tingle.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of pound: beat / thump
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
    • more specific words:
      • pulsate / pulse / throb = expand and contract rhythmically
      • palpitate / flutter = beat rapidly
      • thrash = beat so fast that (the heart's) output starts dropping until (it) does not manage to pump out blood at all
      • flap = move noisily
  5. partition off into compartments
    • example: The locks pound the water of the canal
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of pound: pound off
    • more generic terms: partition / partition off = divide into parts, pieces, or sections
  6. shut up or confine in any enclosure or within any bounds or limits
    • example: The prisoners are safely pounded
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of pound: pound up
    • more generic words: confine / constrain / hold / restrain = to close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement
  7. place or shut up in a pound
    • example: pound the cows so they don't stray
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of pound: impound
    • more generic words: confine / constrain / hold / restrain = to close within bounds, or otherwise limit or deprive of free movement
  8. break down and crush by beating, as with a pestle
    • example: pound the roots with a heavy flat stone
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]I put the book here/there | I spooned the sauce thereVerbs of Putting: bang, dump, funnel, hammer, push, ram, shake, squeeze, sweep, wedge
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] between / in between [Destination, plural]He wedged the diamond between shifting dunes
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] into / onto [Destination]I funneled the mixture into the bottle
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] into [Destination]The company is wedging into new markets
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] at [Patient]Paul hit at the window | Paula swatted at the flyVerbs of Contact by Impact: batter, beat, bump, butt, drum, hammer, hit, jab, kick, knock, lash, rap, slap, smack, smash, strike, tap
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] at [Patient] with [Instrument]Paul hit at the window with an open hand | Paula swatted at the fly with a dishcloth
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Instrument]Paul hit her elbow
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Instrument] against / on [Patient]Paul hit her elbow on the doorknob
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient]Paula hit the ball | Paula spanked the child | Paula swatted the fly
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]Paul kicked the door open | Paula bit the bag open | They spanked him dead
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective] with [Instrument]Paul hit the door open with his foot | Paula swatted the fly dead with a dishcloth
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]Paul hit the window to pieces
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument]Paul hit the window to pieces with a hammer
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]Paula hit the ball with a stick | Paula spanked the child with her right hand | Paula swatted the fly with a dishcloth
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient, plural] togetherPaula hit the sticks together
      [Instrument - body part or reflexive] [Verb] [Patient]The stick hit the fence
      [Instrument - body part or reflexive] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]The stick hit the door open
      [Instrument - body part or reflexive] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]The hammer hit the window to pieces
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: break up / fragment / fragmentise / fragmentize = break or cause to break into pieces

Alternative definition of the verb pound

verb

  1. [transitive] To strike (something or someone) hard repeatedly.
  2. [transitive] To crush to pieces; to pulverize.
  3. [transitive, slang] To eat or drink very quickly.
  4. [transitive, baseball, slang] To pitch consistently to a certain location.
  5. [intransitive, of a heart] To beat strongly.
  6. [intransitive, of a body part, especially the head] [rfdef, lang=en]

Film

"Pound" is a 1970 film directed and written by Robert Downey, Sr., it was based on The Comeuppance, an Off-Off Broadway play written by Downey in 1961. It is about several dogs, along with a Siamese cat and a penguin, at a pound, as they await being put to sleep; the animals are played by human actors. It was the film debut of Robert Downey, Jr., the director's 5-year-old son, as a puppy.

Characters

  1. Pound: Poun is a fictional character from the 1997 film Cyber Vengeance.
  2. Pound is a fictional character from the 1951 film The Long Dark Hall.
  3. Pound is a fictional character from the 1976 film The Shaggy D.A.

There are other characters with in their name, like Ezra Pound and Pound Cake.

Music

"Pound" is a musical album of Flathead Fillups.

  • released in (14 years ago)

Groups

  1. Pound was an American rock band from Poughkeepsie, New York.
  2. Pound is a musical group.
    • nomination: - nominated to Independent Music Award for Best Song - Rock or Hard Rock - "She's a Killer", with Do It Records

There are other groups with in their name, like pound wi, Pound Boys, Pound of Flesh, Tha Dogg Pound, The Dogg Pound, The Ould Pound, Pound for Pound, Pound-For-Pound, 900 Pound Gorilla, Nine Pound Hammer, Ninety Pound Wuss and Charlie Hunter & Pound For Pound.

Places

  1. Pound is a town in Wise County, Virginia. The population was recorded as 1,089 in the 2000 census.
  2. Pound is a village in Marinette County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 377 at the 2010 census. The village is located within the Town of Pound. Pound is part of the Marinette, WI– MI Micropolitan Statistical Area.
  3. Pound is a town in Marinette County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 1,367 at the 2000 census. The Village of Pound is located within the town.

There are other places with in their name, like Pound Hill, Pound Ridge and Wilpena Pound.

Miscellanea

  1. The pound is a unit of currency in some nations. The term originated in England as the value of a pound of silver. The word pound is the English translation of the Latin word libra, which was the unit of account of the Roman Empire. The English pound derived from the Roman libra, which is why the pound is often initialised to 'lbs'; along with the French livre and the Italian lira, when, during Middle Ages the European countries adopted the LSD system. The currency's symbol is £.
    • also known as 鎊
  2. pound a.k.a. Number sign is a name for the symbol #, which is used for a variety of purposes, including the designation of a number. In recent years, it has been used for "hashtagging" on social media websites.
  3. Pound is a lightweight open source reverse proxy program and application firewall suitable to be used as a web server load balancing solution. Developed by an IT security company, it has a strong emphasis on security. The original intent on developing Pound was to allow distributing the load among several Zope servers running on top of ZEO. However, Pound is not limited to Zope-based installations. Using regular expression matching on the requested URLs, Pound can pass different kinds of requests to different backend server groups.
  4. Pound a.k.a. Fist bump: A fist bump is a gesture similar in meaning to a handshake or high five. A fist bump can also be a symbol of giving respect. It can be followed by various other hand and body gestures and may be part of a dap greeting. It is commonly used in baseball as a form of celebration with teammates, and with opposition players at the end of a game.
  5. Pound is a Toronto-based hip hop magazine that is distributed for free across Canada. Founded in 1998 and beginning publication in December 1999, Pound is published quarterly. As of July 2009, the magazine had published 42 issues.
  6. Pound is a family name.
  7. Pound is a TV spot.

Phrases with Pound

Phrases starting with the word Pound:

  1. pound up
  2. pound net
  3. pound off
  4. pound cake
  5. Pound Sand
  6. Pound Shop
  7. pound sign
  8. pound-force

Phrases ending with the word Pound:

  1. to pound
  2. dog pound
  3. ezra pound
  4. foot-pound
  5. half pound
  6. Pink Pound
  7. troy pound
  8. irish pound
  9. Metric Pound
  10. syrian pound
  11. british pound
  12. cypriot pound

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Pound

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Google previewLaw and Society (2014)

by Matthew Lippman

Roscoe Pound is the theorist most closely identified with the consensus perspective: the view that the role of law is to reconcile interests and to ensure that society remains in balance. This at times requires that individuals' rights and desires be ...

Google previewSpell Read Write & Grammar

Pound is the currency of England. Apart from knowing the part of speech, one should know the proper nouns and adjectives formed from them. In 2 1 st century, it is necessary to know this geographical knowledge. Our endeavour is to broaden ...

Google previewThe Parables and Metaphors of Our Lord (2010)

by G. Campbell Morgan

The pound is a deposit, intended to be used in the interest of the passing hour. They were'to trade with it. The word used is ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

POUND, n. powend [Dut. pond; Ger. pfund; L. pondo, a pound—from penderé, to weigh]: standard ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Chemistry on the Basis of Mr Nicholson's ... with an Introductory Dissertation (1821)

by Andrew Ure

Pound of 16 ounces, for merchandise, - - - - The common pound varies very considerably in other towns of the canton.

Google previewA Commercial Dictionary (1803)

Containing the Present State of Mercantile Law, Practice, and Custom Intended for the Use of the Cabinet, the Counting-house, and the Library by Joshua Montefiore

elk skins, dressed in oil, and manufactured into goods and wares in Great Britain - - - - For and upon every pound weight avoirdupois of all sheep and lamb skins dressed in oil, and manufactured into goods and wares in Great Britain, ...

Google previewDictionarium Rusticum, Urbanicum & Botanicum: Or, A Dictionary of Husbandry, Gardening, Trade, Commerce, and All Sorts of Country-affairs (1726)

by Nathan Bailey, John Worlidge

POUND, an Inclosure to keep Beasts in, but more especially a place where Cattel destrained for any Trespass are put till they be replevy'd or redeemed: In this signification it is termed Pound Overt or Open Pound, being built upon the Lord's ...

Google previewThe Cooks and Confectioners Dictionary (1724)

Or, The Accomplish'd Housewives Companion ... by John Nott

Cores ct:,' beat two Pound of Loaf Sugar very fine;" then lay your Binces on a white earthen Basizn, and strew the Sugar upon them, and let them stand 'till the Sugar begins to be melted; then set them over the Fire, and make them boil' apace, ...

Google previewA General Dictionary of Commerce, Trade, and Manufactures (1810)

Exhibiting Their Present State in Every Part of the World; and Carefully Comp. from the Latest and Best Authorities by Thomas Mortimer

The Swedish pound, which ...

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Usage statistics about pound

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun pound:

spoken English89.9%written English10.1% conversational speech45.1%task-oriented speech54.9%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun pound:

hammeringpuntpoundinglbhammerquidpound

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb pound:

impoundlumberrampoundthumppokebeat

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Quotes about Pound

A pound of care will not pay a pound of debt.
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Scrabble value of P3O1U1N1D2

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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