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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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  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 ponding



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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ponding 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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