pond

[pond]
noun
1.
a body of water smaller than a lake, sometimes artificially formed, as by damming a stream.
verb (used without object)
2.
(especially of water) to collect into a pond or large puddle: to prevent rainwater from ponding on the roof.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English ponde, pande, akin to Old English pynding dam, gepyndan to impound. See pound3

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pond (pɒnd)
 
n
a.  a pool of still water, often artificially created
 b.  (in combination): a fishpond
 
[C13 ponde enclosure; related to pound³]

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pond
1248, "artificially banked body of water," variant of pound "enclosed place" (see pound (n.2)). Jocular reference to "the Atlantic Ocean" dates from 1641.
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pond   (pŏnd)  Pronunciation Key 
An inland body of standing water that is smaller than a lake. Natural ponds form in small depressions and are usually shallow enough to support rooted vegetation across most or all of their areas.
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Example sentences
Being a big fish in a small pond is more likely to get you noticed.
They find several critters that can survive only in clean water, and conclude
  that the pond is in good shape.
One is that they are suffering from a big fish in a small pond syndrome.
The van rolled into the pond as water rushed into its open door.
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