From (etyl) pool, pole, pol, from (etyl) .
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.
* (rfdate) :
- the pools of Solomon
* (rfdate) :
- Charity will hardly water the ground where it must first fill a pool .
A small body of standing or stagnant water; a puddle.
* (rfdate) :
- The sleepy pool above the dam.
A swimming pool.
A supply of resources.
- The filthy mantled pool beyond your cell.
* swimming pool
(of a liquid) to form a pool
(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)
(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):
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.
- He plays pool at the billiard houses.
- The pool took all the wheat offered below the limit.
(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.
- He put $10,000 into the pool .
* blind pool
* bumper pool
* dirty pool
* gene pool
* kelly pool
* motor pool
* pool hall
* pool table
* tidal pool
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:
to combine or contribute with others, as for a commercial, speculative, or gambling transaction
- Finally, it favors the pooling of all issues.
An inland body of standing water, either natural or man-made, that is smaller than a lake.
*:But when the moon rose and the breeze awakened, and the sedges stirred, and the cat's-paws raced across the moonlit ponds , and the far surf off Wonder Head intoned the hymn of the four winds, the trinity, earth and sky and water, became one thunderous symphony—a harmony of sound and colour silvered to a monochrome by the moon.
(lb) The Atlantic Ocean. Especially in across the pond.
* across the pond
* ducks on the pond
To block the flow of water so that it can escape only through evaporation or seepage; to dam.
* 2004 , Calvin W. Rose, An Introduction to the Environmental Physics of Soil, Water and Watersheds [http://books.google.com/books?id=TxCQ-DaSIwUC], ISBN 0521536790, page 201:
To make into a pond; to collect, as water, in a pond by damming.
(obsolete) To ponder.
- The rate of fall of the surface of water ponded over the soil within the ring gives a measure of the infiltration rate for the particular enclosed area.
- Pleaseth you, pond your suppliant's plaint.