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bachelor of letters; bachelor of literature.

< New Latin Litterārum Baccalaureus; Līterārum Baccalaureus


landing barge.
light bomber.
local board.


2 [pound]
noun, plural pounds (collectively) pound.
a unit of weight and of mass, varying in different periods and countries.
(in English-speaking countries) an avoirdupois unit of weight equal to 7000 grains, divided into 16 ounces (0.453 kg), used for ordinary commerce. Abbreviation: lb., lb. av.
a troy unit of weight, in the U.S. and formerly in Britain, equal to 5760 grains, divided into 12 ounces (0.373 kg), used for gold, silver, and other precious metals. Abbreviation: lb. t.
(in the U.S.) an apothecaries' unit of weight equal to 5760 grains, divided into 12 ounces (0.373 kg). Abbreviation: lb. ap.
Also called pound sterling. a paper money, nickel-brass coin, and monetary unit of the United Kingdom formerly equal to 20 shillings or 240 pence: equal to 100 new pence after decimalization in Feb. 1971. Abbreviation: L; Symbol: £
any of the monetary units of various countries, as Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, and of certain Commonwealth of Nations countries.
a monetary unit of Ireland until the euro was adopted, equal to 100 pence.
a monetary unit of Cyprus until the euro was adopted, equal to 100 cents.
Also called pound Scots. a former Scottish money of account, originally equal to the pound sterling but equal to only a twelfth of the pound sterling at the union of the crowns of England and Scotland in 1603.
(formerly) the Turkish lira.
a former monetary unit of Israel, Libya, and Nigeria.
pounds, Citizens Band Radio Slang. a meter reading in units of five decibels: used as a measure of loudness for incoming signals.

before 900; Middle English; Old English pund (cognate with Dutch pond, German Pfund, Gothic, Old Norse pund) ≪ Latin pondō pound (indeclinable noun), orig. ablative of pondus weight (see ponder) in the phrase libra pondō a pound by weight; see libra1 Unabridged
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abbreviation for
1.  cricket leg bye
2.  Also: lb. pound (weight)
[(for sense 2) Latin: libra]

the internet domain name for

abbreviation for
Liberia (international car registration)

pound1 (paʊnd)
vb (when intr, often foll by on or at) (foll by out)
1.  to strike heavily and often
2.  (tr) to beat to a pulp; pulverize
3.  (tr) to instil by constant drilling: to pound Latin into him
4.  to produce, as by typing heavily
5.  to walk (the pavement, street, etc) repeatedly: he pounded the pavement looking for a job
6.  (intr) to throb heavily
7.  a heavy blow; thump
8.  the act of pounding
[Old English pūnian; related to Dutch puin rubble]

pound2 (paʊnd)
1.  lb an avoirdupois unit of weight that is divided into 16 ounces and is equal to 0.453 592 kilograms
2.  lb tr, Abbreviation: lb t a troy unit of weight divided into 12 ounces equal to 0.373 242 kilograms
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) lbf 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
5.  a.  Official name: pound sterling the standard monetary unit of the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and various UK overseas territories, divided into 100 pence
 b.  (as modifier): a pound coin
6.  the standard monetary unit of the following countries
 a.  Cyprus: divided into 100 cents
 b.  Egypt: divided into 100 piastres
 c.  Lebanon: divided into 100 piastres
 d.  Syria: divided into 100 piastres
7.  another name for lira
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
[Old English pund, from Latin pondō pound; related to German Pfund pound, Latin pondus weight]

pound3 (paʊnd)
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.  a.  a trap for animals
 b.  See pound net a trap or keepnet for fish
4.  (tr) to confine in or as if in a pound; impound, imprison, or restrain
[C14: from Late Old English pund- as in pundfealdpinfold]

Pound (paʊnd)
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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"measure of weight," O.E. pund, from W.Gmc. stem *punda- "pound" as a measure of weight (cf. Goth. pund, O.H.G. pfunt, Ger. Pfund, M.Du. pont, O.Fris., O.N. pund), early borrowing from L. 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 O.E., 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 O.E. pundfald "penfold, pound," related to pyndan "to dam up, enclose (water)," and thus from the same root as pond. Ultimate origin unknown; no certain cognates beyond Eng.

"pulverize," O.E. punian "crush," from W.Gmc. *puno-, stem of *punojanan (cf. Low Ger. pun, Du. puin "fragments"). With intrusive -d- from 16c.
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pound (pound)

  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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Abbreviation of pound
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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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lb definition

The country code for Lebanon.

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. Labrador

  2. large bowel

  3. Liberia (international vehicle ID)

  4. linebacker

Latin libra (pound)
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Pound definition

(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.)

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