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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.
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 ponds
  • In the hollows of the plains are ponds or lakes of brackish and fresh water.
  • The brook trout is native to small streams, creeks, lakes, and spring ponds.
  • It is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant growing in bogs and ponds.
  • Many lakes and ponds were constructed near the river during ancient periods.
British Dictionary definitions for ponds


  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 ponds



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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ponds 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 ponds
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