pound1 [pound]
pl. pounds; sometimes, after a number, pound [ME < OE pund, akin to Ger pfund: WGmc loanword < L pondo, a pound, orig. abl. of pondus, weight (in libra pondo, a pound in weight), akin to pendere: see PENDANT]
a) the basic unit of weight in the FPS system, equal to l6 ounces avoirdupois (453.59237 grams)
b) a unit of weight equal to 12 ounces troy or 12 ounces apothecaries' (373.2418 grams): abbrev.
2. lb. (see LIBRA, n. 1): symbol, \#
3. the basic monetary unit of the United Kingdom, equal to 100 (new) pennies: before 1971 a pound was equal to 20 shillings or 240 pennies: symbol, £ (see LIBRA, n. 1): see the table of monetary units in the Reference Supplement: in full pound sterling
4. any of the basic monetary units of various countries, as Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria: see the table of monetary units in the Reference Supplement
5. a former Scottish monetary unit (pound Scots), originally equal to the British pound
6. Bible MINA1
pound2 [pound]
[altered (with unhistoric -d) < ME pownen < OE punian, akin to Du puin, rubbish]
1. to beat to a pulp, powder, etc.; pulverize
2. to strike or drive with repeated, heavy blows
3. to make by pounding
4. to force or impose [pound sense into him]
1. to deliver repeated, heavy blows (at or on a door, etc.)
2. to move with heavy steps or come down heavily while moving
3. to beat heavily; throb
1. the act of pounding
2. a hard blow
3. the sound of this; thud; thump
pound out
1. to flatten, smooth, etc. by pounding
a) to play, as on a piano, with a very heavy touch
b) to produce, as on a typewriter, by intense, unremitting effort
☆ pound one's ear
Slang to sleep
☆ pound the pavement
Slang to walk the streets, as in looking for work
pound3 [pound]
[ME poonde < OE pund- (in comp.), akin to pyndan, to shut up]
1. an enclosure, maintained as by a town, for confining stray animals until claimed
2. an enclosure for keeping or sheltering animals
3. an enclosure for trapping animals
4. a place of confinement, as for arrested persons
5. an enclosed area for catching or keeping fish, esp. the inner section of a pound net
Archaic to confine in a pound

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