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[pond] /pɒnd/
a body of water smaller than a lake, sometimes artificially formed, as by damming a stream.
verb (used without object)
(especially of water) to collect into a pond or large puddle:
to prevent rainwater from ponding on the roof.
Origin of pond
1250-1300; Middle English ponde, pande, akin to Old English pynding dam, gepyndan to impound. See pound3 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pond
  • 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.
  • His friends, he says, chide him as a big fish in a small pond.
  • Water runs through a pipe hidden beneath the channel's river rocks to a catchment pond at the far end.
  • Eventually, the area between them would be a reflecting pond, filled with creek water.
  • He compared it to a pond where water comes in and out, but the overall water level must remain constant.
  • Fish can live in a pond that supplies water to the garden, the water is from rain and recycled gray-water.
  • If you create a small pond to encourage frogs and toads, they will help mop up the rest of your slug life.
British Dictionary definitions for pond


  1. a pool of still water, often artificially created
  2. (in combination): a fishpond
Word Origin
C13 ponde enclosure; related to pound³
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Word Origin and History for pond

c.1300 (mid-13c. in compounds), "artificially banked body of water," variant of pound "enclosed place" (see pound (n.2)). Applied locally to natural pools and small lakes from late 15c. Jocular reference to "the Atlantic Ocean" dates from 1640s. Pond scum (Spirogyra) is from 1864 (also called frog-spittle and brook-silk. As figurative for "someone extremely repulsive," from 1984.

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pond in Science
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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Idioms and Phrases with pond
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