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pod1

[pod] /pɒd/
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.
  1. an insect egg case.
  2. 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
1680-1690
1680-90; apparently back formation from podder peasecod gatherer; comparepodder, variant of podware, unexplained variant of codware bagged vegetables (cod2 + -ware crops, vegetables)
Related forms
podlike, adjective
unpodded, adjective

pod2

[pod] /pɒd/
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

pod3

[pod] /pɒd/
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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Examples from the web 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.
British Dictionary definitions for pods

pod1

/pɒd/
noun
1.
  1. the fruit of any leguminous plant, consisting of a long two-valved case that contains seeds and splits along both sides when ripe
  2. 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
verb pods, podding, podded
5.
(transitive) to remove the pod or shell from (peas, beans, etc)
6.
(intransitive) (of a plant) to produce pods
Word Origin
C17: perhaps back formation from earlier podware bagged vegetables, probably from pod, variant of cod² + ware1

pod2

/pɒd/
noun
1.
a small group of animals, esp seals, whales, or birds
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin

pod3

/pɒd/
noun
1.
a straight groove along the length of certain augers and bits
2.
the socket that holds the bit in a boring tool
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin

POD

abbreviation
1.
pay on delivery
2.
print on demand
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Word Origin and History for pods

pod

n.

"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 Old English. In reference to pregnancy from 1890; in reference to a round belly from 1825. Meaning "detachable body of an aircraft" is from 1950. Pod people (1956) is from movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," based on novel by Jack Finney.

"herd of whales or seals," 1827, American English, of unknown origin.

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pods in Science
pod
  (pŏd)   
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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Slang definitions & phrases for pods

pod people

noun phrase

Stupid, unfeeling, machinelike people; zombie: Have body snatchers invaded America's airwaves? Is this pure pop for pod people?/ And find you're a bug. A pod person?

[1956+; fr the extraterrestrial creatures depicted in the 1956 movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers, who spawn in pods and take over the bodies of human beings; based on a novel by Daniel Mainwaring]


pod

noun

Marijuana; pot: Diane smoked jive, pod, and tea

[1952+ Narcotics; origin unknown; perhaps fr the pod, or seed container, the flowering and fruiting head of the female cannabis plant; perhaps an alteration of pot]


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Related Abbreviations for pods

PODS

pools of doctors

POD

  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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