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pound

6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pound \Pound\, verb (used with an object) To confine in, or as in, a pound; to impound. --Milton.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pound \Pound\, noun; 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 measure of mass or 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 (0.453 kilogram). 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 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. [1913 Webster + PJC]

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pound \Pound\ (pound), verb (used with an object) [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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pound \Pound\, verb (used without an object)

1. To strike heavy blows; to beat.

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

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pound \Pound\, noun [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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

pound

noun

1: 16 ounces avoirdupois; "he got a hernia when he tried to lift 100 pounds" [syn: {pound}, {lb}]

2: the basic unit of money in Great Britain and Northern Ireland; equal to 100 pence [syn: {British pound}, {pound}, {British pound sterling}, {pound sterling}, {quid}]

3: a unit of apothecary weight equal to 12 ounces troy

4: the basic unit of money in Syria; equal to 100 piasters [syn: {Syrian pound}, {pound}]

5: the basic unit of money in the Sudan; equal to 100 piasters [syn: {Sudanese pound}, {pound}]

6: the basic unit of money in Lebanon; equal to 100 piasters [syn: {Lebanese pound}, {pound}]

7: formerly the basic unit of money in Ireland; equal to 100 pence [syn: {Irish pound}, {Irish punt}, {punt}, {pound}]

8: the basic unit of money in Egypt; equal to 100 piasters [syn: {Egyptian pound}, {pound}]

9: the basic unit of money in Cyprus; equal to 100 cents [syn: {Cypriot pound}, {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 [syn: {pound}, {lbf.}]

11: United States writer who lived in Europe; strongly influenced the development of modern literature (1885-1972) [syn: {Pound}, {Ezra Pound}, {Ezra Loomis Pound}]

12: a symbol for a unit of currency (especially for the pound sterling in Great Britain) [syn: {pound}, {pound sign}]

13: a public enclosure for stray or unlicensed dogs; "unlicensed dogs will be taken to the pound" [syn: {pound}, {dog pound}]

14: 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}, {pound}, {hammering}, {pounding}]

verb

1: hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument; "the salesman pounded the door knocker"; "a bible-thumping Southern Baptist" [syn: {thump}, {pound}, {poke}]

2: strike or drive against with a heavy impact; "ram the gate with a sledgehammer"; "pound on the door" [syn: {ram}, {ram down}, {pound}]

3: move heavily or clumsily; "The heavy man lumbered across the room" [syn: {lumber}, {pound}]

4: move rhythmically; "Her heart was beating fast" [syn: {beat}, {pound}, {thump}]

5: partition off into compartments; "The locks pound the water of the canal" [syn: {pound}, {pound off}]

6: shut up or confine in any enclosure or within any bounds or limits; "The prisoners are safely pounded" [syn: {pound}, {pound up}]

7: place or shut up in a pound; "pound the cows so they don't stray" [syn: {impound}, {pound}]

8: break down and crush by beating, as with a pestle; "pound the roots with a heavy flat stone"

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