1 [pod]
a somewhat elongated, two-valved seed vessel, as that of the pea or bean.
a dehiscent fruit or pericarp having several seeds.
an insect egg case.
a compact mass of insect eggs.
a streamlined enclosure, housing, or detachable container of some kind: an engine pod under the wing of an aircraft.
a protective compartment, as for an automobile's instrument gauges.
Mining. an orebody that has an elongated or lenticular shape.
Radio and Television Slang. a cluster of brief commercials or spot announcements.
verb (used without object), podded, podding.
to produce pods.
to swell out like a pod.

1680–90; apparently back formation from podder peasecod gatherer; comparepodder, variant of podware, unexplained variant of codware bagged vegetables (cod2 + -ware crops, vegetables)

podlike, adjective
unpodded, adjective
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2 [pod]
a small herd or school, especially of seals or whales.
a small flock of birds.

1825–35, Americanism; perhaps special (orig. facetious) use of pod1


3 [pod]
the straight groove or channel in the body of certain augers or bits.
Carpentry. pad1 ( def 15b ).

1565–75; origin uncertain; perhaps a continuation of Old English pād covering, cloak, the socket being thought of as something that covers or hides from view what is held in it (though the phonology is irregular)


a learned borrowing from Greek meaning “foot,” used in the formation of compound words: pododynia.
Also, especially before a consonant, podo-.

combining form representing Greek poús (genitive podós) foot


a combining form meaning “one having a foot” of the kind or number specified by the initial element; often corresponding to Neo-Latin class names ending in -poda, with -pod, used in English to name a single member of such a class: cephalopod.
Compare -ped.

< Neo-Latin < Greek -pod-, stem of -pous, adj. derivative of poús foot


port of debarkation.


adjective Slang.


pay on delivery.
Post Office Department.
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pod1 (pɒd)
1.  a.  the fruit of any leguminous plant, consisting of a long two-valved case that contains seeds and splits along both sides when ripe
 b.  the seedcase as distinct from the seeds
2.  any similar fruit
3.  a streamlined structure attached by a pylon to an aircraft and used to house a jet engine (podded engine), fuel tank, armament, etc
4.  an enclosed cabin suspended from a cable or a big wheel, for carrying passengers
vb , pods, podding, podded
5.  (tr) to remove the pod or shell from (peas, beans, etc)
6.  (intr) (of a plant) to produce pods
[C17: perhaps back formation from earlier podware bagged vegetables, probably from pod, variant of cod² + ware1]

pod2 (pɒd)
a small group of animals, esp seals, whales, or birds
[C19: of unknown origin]

pod3 (pɒd)
1.  a straight groove along the length of certain augers and bits
2.  the socket that holds the bit in a boring tool
[C16: of unknown origin]

abbreviation for
1.  pay on delivery
abbreviation for
2.  print on demand

-pod or -pode
n combining form
indicating a certain type or number of feet: arthropod; tripod
[from Greek -podos footed, from pous foot]
-pode or -pode
n combining form
[from Greek -podos footed, from pous foot]

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Word Origin & History

"seed of beans," 1680s, of uncertain origin; found earlier in podware "seed of legumes, seed grain" (mid-15c.), which had a parallel form codware "husked or seeded plants" (late 14c.), related to cod "husk of seeded plants," which was in O.E. Pod people (1956) is from movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers,"
based on novel by Jack Finney.

"herd of whales or seals," 1827, Amer.Eng., of unknown origin.
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Science Dictionary
pod   (pŏd)  Pronunciation Key 
A fruit or seed case that usually splits along two seams to release its seeds when mature. Legumes, such as peas and beans, produce pods.
A suffix meaning "foot." It is used in the scientific names of the members of many groups of organisms, such as arthropod, an organism having "jointed feet," and sauropod, a dinosaur having "lizard feet." It is also used in the names of different kinds of limbs or limblike body parts, such as pseudopod, the "false foot" of an amoeba.
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Computing Dictionary

pod definition

Not to be confused with P.O.D..
1. (Allegedly from abbreviation POD for "Prince Of Darkness") A Diablo 630 (or, latterly, any letter-quality impact printer). From the DEC-10 PODTYPE program used to feed formatted text to it.
2. Plain Old Documentation.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. payable on delivery

  2. post office department

  3. postoperative day

  4. print on demand

  5. probability of detection

  6. proton omnidirectional detector

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Example sentences
Fertilizers were a dead end: when the wheat plant's pod grew more seeds, its stalk collapsed under the weight.
Each pod is made of nine cargo containers welded together and stacked three
  levels tall.
Finally, by dangling the control pod well below the aerostat, the whole craft's
  centre of gravity is shifted downward.
Served in the pod, they are eaten by scraping the oval beans out of the salty,
  fuzzy pod with your teeth.
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