pod

1 [pod]
noun
1.
a somewhat elongated, two-valved seed vessel, as that of the pea or bean.
2.
a dehiscent fruit or pericarp having several seeds.
3.
Entomology.
a.
an insect egg case.
b.
a compact mass of insect eggs.
4.
a streamlined enclosure, housing, or detachable container of some kind: an engine pod under the wing of an aircraft.
5.
a protective compartment, as for an automobile's instrument gauges.
6.
Mining. an orebody that has an elongated or lenticular shape.
7.
Radio and Television Slang. a cluster of brief commercials or spot announcements.
verb (used without object), podded, podding.
8.
to produce pods.
9.
to swell out like a pod.

Origin:
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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pod

2 [pod]
noun
1.
a small herd or school, especially of seals or whales.
2.
a small flock of birds.

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

pod

3 [pod]
noun
1.
the straight groove or channel in the body of certain augers or bits.
2.
Carpentry. pad1 ( def 15b ).

Origin:
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)

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pod1 (pɒd)
 
n
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)
 
n
a small group of animals, esp seals, whales, or birds
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

pod3 (pɒd)
 
n
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]

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

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pod
"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.

pod
"herd of whales or seals," 1827, Amer.Eng., of unknown origin.
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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.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
POD
  1. payable on delivery

  2. post office department

  3. postoperative day

  4. print on demand

  5. probability of detection

  6. proton omnidirectional detector

PODS
pools of doctors
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Example sentences for pods
Woodturners throughout the world value banksia pods for making ornamental objects.
Elettaria pods are light green in color, while amomum pods are larger and dark brown.
They are so named because they appear to be crowded into their pods.
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