Pool vs Collection - What's the difference?

pool | collection |

As nouns the difference between pool and collection

is that pool is a small and rather deep collection of (usually) fresh water, as one supplied by a spring, or occurring in the course of a stream; a reservoir for water while collection is a set of items or amount of material procured or gathered together.

As a verb pool

is to form a pool.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) pool, pole, pol, from (etyl) .


(en noun)
  • A small and rather deep collection of (usually) fresh water, as one supplied by a spring, or occurring in the course of a stream; a reservoir for water.
  • the pools of Solomon
  • *
  • * (rfdate) :
  • Charity will hardly water the ground where it must first fill a pool .
  • * (rfdate) :
  • The sleepy pool above the dam.
  • A small body of standing or stagnant water; a puddle.
  • * (rfdate) :
  • The filthy mantled pool beyond your cell.
  • A swimming pool.
  • A supply of resources.
  • Derived terms
    * swimming pool * tidepool * whirlpool
    * Japanese:


    (en verb)
  • (of a liquid) to form a pool
  • Etymology 2

    (etyl) , which has been explained anecdotally as deriving from an old informal betting game in France - 'jeu de poule' - Game of Chicken (or Hen, literally) in which poule became synonymous with the combined money pot claimed by the winner)


    (en noun)
  • (uncountable) A game at billiards, in which each of the players stakes a certain sum, the winner taking the whole; also, in public billiard rooms, a game in which the loser pays the entrance fee for all who engage in the game; a game of skill in pocketing the balls on a pool table.
  • * (rfdate) (William Makepeace Thackeray):
  • He plays pool at the billiard houses.
  • In rifle shooting, a contest in which each competitor pays a certain sum for every shot he makes, the net proceeds being divided among the winners.
  • Any gambling or commercial venture in which several persons join.
  • The stake played for in certain games of cards, billiards, etc.; an aggregated stake to which each player has contributed a share; also, the receptacle for the stakes.
  • A combination of persons contributing money to be used for the purpose of increasing or depressing the market price of stocks, grain, or other commodities; also, the aggregate of the sums so contributed.
  • The pool took all the wheat offered below the limit.
    He put $10,000 into the pool .
  • (rail transport) A mutual arrangement between competing lines, by which the receipts of all are aggregated, and then distributed pro rata according to agreement.
  • (legal) An aggregation of properties or rights, belonging to different people in a community, in a common fund, to be charged with common liabilities.
  • Derived terms
    * blind pool * bumper pool * carpool * cesspool * dirty pool * gene pool * kelly pool * motor pool * pool hall * pool table * poolroom * tidal pool * vanpool


    (en verb)
  • to put together; contribute to a common fund, on the basis of a mutual division of profits or losses; to make a common interest of; as, the companies pooled their traffic
  • * (rfdate) Grant:
  • Finally, it favors the pooling of all issues.
  • to combine or contribute with others, as for a commercial, speculative, or gambling transaction
  • Anagrams

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    (en noun)
  • A set of items or amount of material procured or gathered together.
  • *
  • Secondly, I continue to base my concepts on intensive study of a limited suite of collections , rather than superficial study of every packet that comes to hand.
  • * (William Whewell)
  • Collections of moisture.
  • * Dunglison
  • A purulent collection .
  • Multiple related objects associated as a group.
  • * , chapter=5
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. […] When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.}}
  • The activity of collecting.
  • (topology, analysis) A set of sets.
  • A gathering of money for charitable or other purposes, as by passing a contribution box for donations.
  • (obsolete) The act of inferring or concluding from premises or observed facts; also, that which is inferred.
  • * (John Milton)
  • We may safely say thus, that wrong collections have been hitherto made out of those words by modern divines.
  • (UK) The jurisdiction of a collector of excise.
  • A set of college exams generally taken at the start of the term.
  • Derived terms

    * collection agency * collection plate * minicollection * take up a collection