Meaning of pound
- to strike repeatedly with great force, as with an instrument, the fist, heavy missiles, etc.
- to produce or effect by striking or thumping, or in a manner resembling this (often fol. by out): to pound out a tune on the piano.
- to force (a way) by battering; batter (often fol. by down): He pounded his way through the mob. He pounded the door down.
- to crush into a powder or paste by beating repeatedly.
- to strike heavy blows repeatedly: to pound on a door.
- to beat or throb violently, as the heart.
- to give forth a thumping sound: The drums pounded loudly.
- to walk or go with heavy steps; move along with force or vigor.
- the act of pounding.
- a heavy or forcible blow.
- a thump.
— pl. pounds, pound.
- a unit of weight and of mass, varying in different periods and countries.
- (in English-speaking countries) an avoirdupois unit of weight equal to 7000 grains, divided into 16 ounces (0.453 kg), used for ordinary commerce. Abbr.: lb., lb. av.
- a troy unit of weight, in the U.S. and formerly in Britain, equal to 5760 grains, divided into 12 ounces (0.373 kg), used for gold, silver, and other precious metals. Abbr.: lb. t.
- (in the U.S.) an apothecaries' unit of weight equal to 5760 grains, divided into 12 ounces (0.373 kg). Abbr.: lb. ap.
- Also calleda paper money, nickel-brass coin, and monetary unit of the United Kingdom formerly equal to 20 shillings or 240 pence: equal to 100 new pence after decimalization in Feb. 1971. Abbr.: L; Symbol: £
- Also calleda former Scottish money of account, originally equal to the pound sterling but equal to only a twelfth of the pound sterling at the union of the crowns of England and Scotland in 1603.
- any of the monetary units of various countries, as Cyprus, Egypt, Ireland, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, and of certain Commonwealth of Nations countries.
- (formerly) the Turkish lira.
- a former monetary unit of Israel, Libya, and Nigeria.
- a meter reading in units of five decibels: used as a measure of loudness for incoming signals.
- an enclosure maintained by public authorities for confining stray or homeless animals.
- an enclosure for sheltering, keeping, confining, or trapping animals.
- an enclosure or trap for fish.
- a place of confinement or imprisonment.
- a place or area where cars or other vehicles are impounded, as those towed away for being illegally parked.
- reach (def. 26).
- to shut up in or as in a pound; impound; imprison.
- 1885–1972, U.S. poet.
- 1872–1958, U.S. scholar and linguist.
- her brother,1870–1964, U.S. legal scholar and writer.
- pound (Thesaurus)