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[pound] /paʊnd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to strike repeatedly with great force, as with an instrument, the fist, heavy missiles, etc.
2.
to produce or effect by striking or thumping, or in a manner resembling this (often followed by out):
to pound out a tune on the piano.
3.
to force (a way) by battering; batter (often followed by down):
He pounded his way through the mob. He pounded the door down.
4.
to crush into a powder or paste by beating repeatedly.
verb (used without object)
5.
to strike heavy blows repeatedly:
to pound on a door.
6.
to beat or throb violently, as the heart.
7.
to give forth a thumping sound:
The drums pounded loudly.
8.
to walk or go with heavy steps; move along with force or vigor.
noun
9.
the act of pounding.
10.
a heavy or forcible blow.
11.
a thump.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English pounen, Old English pūnian; akin to Dutch puin rubbish
Related forms
pounder, noun
Synonyms
1. See beat.

pound3

[pound] /paʊnd/
noun
1.
an enclosure maintained by public authorities for confining stray or homeless animals.
2.
an enclosure for sheltering, keeping, confining, or trapping animals.
3.
an enclosure or trap for fish.
4.
a place of confinement or imprisonment.
5.
a place or area where cars or other vehicles are impounded, as those towed away for being illegally parked.
6.
reach (def 26).
verb (used with object)
7.
Archaic. to shut up in or as in a pound; impound; imprison.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English poond; compare late Old English pund- in pundfald pinfold; akin to pond
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Examples from the web for pounding
  • To be a wall with a damper a stream of pounding way and nearly enough choice makes a steady midnight.
  • My brain kept pounding out thoughts as if its life depended on it.
  • The body meat needs no pounding if sliced crosswise into thin slices.
  • Sorry but you are pounding on the wrong door with this article.
  • With all that pounding over so many years, all the machismo is gone.
  • Meteorites have been pounding the moon for centuries.
  • And it's the kind of poetic truth best conveyed late in the evening after six or eight drinks while pounding the bar.
  • The pounding outrigger and hull beat up a froth that attracts the tuna, bringing them right up under the stern.
  • Yes, the overflowing ashtrays and the pounding of ancient upright typewriters.
  • All the pounding in this sprawling suburban kitchen allowed for minimal talk but much introspection.
British Dictionary definitions for pounding

pound1

/paʊnd/
verb
1.
when intr, often foll by on or at. to strike heavily and often
2.
(transitive) to beat to a pulp; pulverize
3.
(transitive) to instil by constant drilling: to pound Latin into him
4.
(transitive) foll by out. to produce, as by typing heavily
5.
to walk (the pavement, street, etc) repeatedly: he pounded the pavement looking for a job
6.
(intransitive) to throb heavily
noun
7.
a heavy blow; thump
8.
the act of pounding
Derived Forms
pounder, noun
Word Origin
Old English pūnian; related to Dutch puin rubble

pound2

/paʊnd/
noun
1.
an enclosure, esp one maintained by a public authority, for keeping officially removed vehicles or distrained goods or animals, esp stray dogs
2.
a place where people are confined
3.
  1. a trap for animals
  2. a trap or keepnet for fish See pound net
verb
4.
(transitive) to confine in or as if in a pound; impound, imprison, or restrain
Word Origin
C14: from Late Old English pund- as in pundfealdpinfold

pound3

/paʊnd/
noun
1.
an avoirdupois unit of weight that is divided into 16 ounces and is equal to 0.453 592 kilograms lb
2.
a troy unit of weight divided into 12 ounces equal to 0.373 242 kilograms Abbreviation lb tr, lb t
3.
an apothecaries' unit of weight, used in the US, that is divided into 5760 grains and is equal to one pound troy
4.
(not in technical usage) a unit of force equal to the mass of 1 pound avoirdupois where the acceleration of free fall is 32.174 feet per second per second lbf
5.
  1. the standard monetary unit of the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and various UK overseas territories, divided into 100 pence Official name pound sterling
  2. (as modifier): a pound coin
6.
(the standard monetary unit of the following countries)
  1. Cyprus: divided into 100 cents
  2. Egypt: divided into 100 piastres
  3. Lebanon: divided into 100 piastres
  4. South Sudan: divided into 100 piastres
  5. Syria: divided into 100 piastres
7.
another name for lira (sense 2)
8.
Also called pound Scots. a former Scottish monetary unit originally worth an English pound but later declining in value to 1 shilling 8 pence
9.
Also called punt. the former standard monetary unit of the Republic of Ireland, divided into 100 pence; replaced by the euro in 2002
10.
a former monetary unit of the Sudan replaced by the dinar in 1992
Word Origin
Old English pund, from Latin pondō pound; related to German Pfund pound, Latin pondus weight

Pound

/paʊnd/
noun
1.
Ezra (Loomis). 1885–1972, US poet, translator, and critic, living in Europe. Indicted for treason by the US government (1945) for pro-Fascist broadcasts during World War II, he was committed to a mental hospital until 1958. He was a founder of imagism and championed the early work of such writers as T. S. Eliot, Joyce, and Hemingway. His life work, the Cantos (1925–70), is an unfinished sequence of poems, which incorporates mythological and historical materials in several languages as well as political, economic, and autobiographical elements
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Word Origin and History for pounding

pound

n.

measure of weight, Old English pund "pound" (in weight or money), also "pint," from West Germanic *punda- "pound" as a measure of weight (cf. Gothic pund, Old High German phunt, German Pfund, Middle Dutch pont, Old Frisian and Old Norse pund), early borrowing from Latin pondo "pound," originally in libra pondo "a pound by weight," from pondo (adv.) "by weight," ablative of *pondus "weight" (see span (v.)). Meaning "unit of money" was in Old English, originally "pound of silver."

At first "12 ounces;" meaning "16 ounces" was established before late 14c. Pound cake (1747) so called because it has a pound, more or less, of each ingredient. Pound of flesh is from "Merchant of Venice" IV.i. The abbreviations lb., £ are from libra, and reflect the medieval custom of keeping accounts in Latin.

"enclosed place for animals," late 14c., from late Old English word surviving in compounds (e.g. pundfald "penfold, pound"), related to pyndan "to dam up, enclose (water)," and thus from the same root as pond. Ultimate origin unknown; some sources indicate a possible root *bend meaning "protruding point" found only in Celtic and Germanic.

v.

"hit repeatedly," from Middle English pounen, from Old English punian "crush, pulverize, beat, bruise," from West Germanic *puno- (cf. Low German pun, Dutch puin "fragments"). With intrusive -d- from 16c. Sense of "beat, thrash" is from 1790. Related: Pounded; pounding.

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pounding in Medicine

pound (pound)
n.

  1. A unit of weight that is the basis of the avoirdupois system, equal to 16 ounces or 453.592 grams.

  2. A unit of apothecary weight equal to 12 ounces or 373.242 grams.

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pounding in Science
pound
  (pound)   
A unit of weight in the US Customary System equal to 16 ounces (0.45 kilograms). See Table at measurement. See Note at weight.
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Slang definitions & phrases for pounding

pound

verb
  1. To do the sex act to or with; screw (1970s+)
  2. To drink, esp beer: Let's knock off and go pound some Budweiser (1980s+)

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pounding in the Bible

(1.) A weight. Heb. maneh, equal to 100 shekels (1 Kings 10:17; Ezra 2:69; Neh. 7:71, 72). Gr. litra, equal to about 12 oz. avoirdupois (John 12:3; 19:39). (2.) A sum of money; the Gr. mna or mina (Luke 19:13, 16, 18, 20, 24, 25). It was equal to 100 drachmas, and was of the value of about $3, 6s. 8d. of our money. (See MONEY.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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