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pool1

[pool] /pul/
noun
1.
a small body of standing water; pond.
2.
a still, deep place in a stream.
3.
any small collection of liquid on a surface:
a pool of blood.
4.
a puddle.
6.
a subterranean accumulation of oil or gas held in porous and permeable sedimentary rock (reservoir)
verb (used without object)
7.
to form a pool.
8.
(of blood) to accumulate in a body part or organ.
verb (used with object)
9.
to cause pools to form in.
10.
to cause (blood) to form pools.
adjective
11.
of or for a pool:
pool filters.
12.
taking place or occurring around or near a pool:
a pool party.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English pōl; cognate with Dutch poel, German Pfuhl

pool2

[pool] /pul/
noun
1.
Also called pocket billiards. any of various games played on a pool table with a cue ball and 15 other balls that are usually numbered, in which the object is to drive all the balls into the pockets with the cue ball.
2.
the total amount staked by a combination of bettors, as on a race, to be awarded to the successful bettor or bettors.
3.
the combination of such bettors.
4.
an association of competitors who agree to control the production, market, and price of a commodity for mutual benefit, although they appear to be rivals.
5.
Finance. a combination of persons or organizations for the purpose of manipulating the prices of securities.
6.
a combination of resources, funds, etc., for common advantage.
7.
the combined interests or funds.
8.
a facility, resource, or service that is shared by a group of people:
a car pool; a typing pool.
9.
the persons or parties involved.
10.
the stakes in certain games.
11.
British. a billiard game.
12.
Fencing. a match in which each teammate successively plays against each member of the opposing team.
verb (used with object)
13.
to put (resources, money, etc.) into a pool, or common stock or fund, as for a financial venture, according to agreement.
14.
to form a pool of.
15.
to make a common interest of.
verb (used without object)
16.
to enter into or form a pool.
adjective
17.
of or belonging to a pool:
a pool typist; a pool reporter.
Origin
1685-95; < French poule stakes, literally, hen. See pullet
Related forms
pooler, noun
Synonyms
4. corner, monopoly. 13. combine, merge, consolidate.
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Examples for pool
  • Combine your errands, car pool to work, or take public transportation to reduce both your energy and water use.
  • Normally, when you pour a liquid into a pool of another liquid, the stream plunges right in.
  • There should be a pool of money always available for the merit pay system.
  • The nurses roll the body from side to side periodically so that the liquid doesn't pool.
  • One in four does not realize that a response is required to enter an inquiry pool.
  • The vanishing-edge pool creates the illusion that it could slip from its moorings and glide away.
  • Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until an adequate applicant pool is established.
  • My bull terrier jumping into the swimming pool to recover her tennis ball.
  • Imagine that you are playing pocket billiards on a pool table that is three meters long and one meter wide.
  • Each figure holds an inflatable pool toy, such as water wings or a toy seahorse.
British Dictionary definitions for pool

pool1

/puːl/
noun
1.
a small body of still water, usually fresh; small pond
2.
a small isolated collection of liquid spilt or poured on a surface; puddle a pool of blood
3.
a deep part of a stream or river where the water runs very slowly
4.
an underground accumulation of oil or gas, usually forming a reservoir in porous sedimentary rock
5.
Word Origin
Old English pōl; related to Old Frisian pōl, German Pfuhl

pool2

/puːl/
noun
1.
any communal combination of resources, funds, etc a typing pool
2.
the combined stakes of the betters in many gambling sports or games; kitty
3.
(commerce) a group of producers who conspire to establish and maintain output levels and high prices, each member of the group being allocated a maximum quota; price ring
4.
(finance, mainly US)
  1. a joint fund organized by security-holders for speculative or manipulative purposes on financial markets
  2. the persons or parties involved in such a combination
5.
any of various billiard games in which the object is to pot all the balls with the cue ball, esp that played with 15 coloured and numbered balls; pocket billiards
verb (transitive)
6.
to combine (investments, money, interests, etc) into a common fund, as for a joint enterprise
7.
(commerce) to organize a pool of (enterprises)
8.
(Austral, informal) to inform on or incriminate (someone)
See also pools
Word Origin
C17: from French poule, literally: hen used to signify stakes in a card game, from Medieval Latin pulla hen, from Latin pullus young animal
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Word Origin and History for pool
n.

"small body of water," Old English pol "small body of water; deep, still place in a river," from West Germanic *pol- (cf. Old Frisian and Middle Low German pol, Dutch poel, Old High German pfuol, German Pfuhl). As a short form of swimming pool it is recorded from 1901. Pool party is from 1965.

game similar to billiards, 1848, originally (1690s) a card game played for collective stakes (a "pool"), from French poule "stakes, booty, plunder," literally "hen," from Old French poille "hen, young fowl" (see foal (n.)).

Perhaps the original notion is from jeu de la poule, supposedly a game in which people threw things at a chicken and the player who hit it, won it, which speaks volumes about life in the Middle Ages. The notion behind the word, then, is "playing for money." The connection of "hen" and "stakes" is also present in Spanish polla and Walloon paie.

Meaning "collective stakes" in betting first recorded 1869; sense of "common reservoir of resources" is from 1917. Meaning "group of persons who share duties or skills" is from 1928. From 1933 as short for football pool in wagering. Pool shark is from 1898. The phrase dirty pool "underhanded or unsportsmanlike conduct," especially in politics (1951), seems to belong here now, but the phrase dirty pool of politics, with an image of pool (n.1) is recorded from 1871 and was in use early 20c.

v.

"to make a common interest, put things into a pool," 1871, from pool (n.2). Related: Pooled; pooling.

of liquid, "to form a pool or pools," 1620s, from pool (n.1).

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pool in Medicine

pool (pōōl)
n.
A collection of blood in any region of the body due to dilation and retardation of the circulation in capillaries and veins.

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Slang definitions & phrases for pool

pool

Related Terms

dirty pool, pocket pool


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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pool in Technology

Parallel Object-Oriented Language.
A series of languages from Philips Research Labs.
See POOL2, POOL-I, POOL-T.
(1995-02-07)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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pool in the Bible

a pond, or reservoir, for holding water (Heb. berekhah; modern Arabic, birket), an artificial cistern or tank. Mention is made of the pool of Gibeon (2 Sam. 2:13); the pool of Hebron (4:12); the upper pool at Jerusalem (2 Kings 18:17; 20:20); the pool of Samaria (1 Kings 22:38); the king's pool (Neh. 2:14); the pool of Siloah (Neh. 3:15; Eccles. 2:6); the fishpools of Heshbon (Cant. 7:4); the "lower pool," and the "old pool" (Isa. 22:9,11). The "pool of Bethesda" (John 5:2,4, 7) and the "pool of Siloam" (John 9:7, 11) are also mentioned. Isaiah (35:7) says, "The parched ground shall become a pool." This is rendered in the Revised Version "glowing sand," etc. (marg., "the mirage," etc.). The Arabs call the mirage "serab," plainly the same as the Hebrew word _sarab_, here rendered "parched ground." "The mirage shall become a pool", i.e., the mock-lake of the burning desert shall become a real lake, "the pledge of refreshment and joy." The "pools" spoken of in Isa. 14:23 are the marshes caused by the ruin of the canals of the Euphrates in the neighbourhood of Babylon. The cisterns or pools of the Holy City are for the most part excavations beneath the surface. Such are the vast cisterns in the temple hill that have recently been discovered by the engineers of the Palestine Exploration Fund. These underground caverns are about thirty-five in number, and are capable of storing about ten million gallons of water. They are connected with one another by passages and tunnels.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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