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Noun: pound  pawnd
  1. A unit of weight, 16 ounces avoirdupois; about 453.6g
    "he got a hernia when he tried to lift 100 pounds";
    - lb
     
  2. The basic unit of money in Great Britain and Northern Ireland; equal to 100 pence
    - British pound, British pound sterling, pound sterling, quid [UK], nicker [Brit], GBP
     
  3. A symbol for a unit of currency (especially for the pound sterling in Great Britain)
    - pound sign
     
  4. A unit of apothecary weight equal to 12 ounces troy
     
  5. The basic unit of money in Syria; equal to 100 piasters
    - Syrian pound
     
  6. The basic unit of money in the Sudan; equal to 100 piasters
    - Sudanese pound
     
  7. The basic unit of money in Lebanon; equal to 100 piasters
    - Lebanese pound
     
  8. Formerly the basic unit of money in Ireland; equal to 100 pence
    - Irish pound, Irish punt, punt
     
  9. The basic unit of money in Egypt; equal to 100 piasters
    - Egyptian pound
     
  10. The basic unit of money in Cyprus; equal to 100 cents
    - Cypriot pound
     
  11. A nontechnical unit of force equal to the mass of 1 pound with an acceleration of free fall equal to 32 feet/sec/sec
    - lbf.
     
  12. A public enclosure for stray or unlicensed dogs
    "unlicensed dogs will be taken to the pound";
    - dog pound
     
  13. The act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows)
    "the sudden pound of fists caught him off guard";
    - hammer, hammering, pounding
     
  14. [US] The symbol #
    - octothorpe [N. Amer], octothorp [N. Amer], pound sign [US], hash [Brit], number sign, hash mark, hash symbol
Verb: pound  pawnd
  1. Hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument
    "the salesman pounded the door knocker";
    - thump, poke
     
  2. Strike or drive against with a heavy impact
    "pound on the door";
    - ram, ram down
     
  3. Move heavily or clumsily
    "The heavy man pounded across the room";
    - lumber
     
  4. Move rhythmically
    "Her heart was pounding fast";
    - beat, thump
     
  5. Partition off into compartments
    "The locks pound the water of the canal";
    - pound off
     
  6. Shut up or confine in any enclosure or within any bounds or limits
    "The prisoners are safely pounded";
    - pound up
     
  7. Place or shut up in a pound
    "pound the cows so they don't stray";
    - impound
     
  8. Break down and crush by beating, as with a pestle
    "pound the roots with a heavy flat stone"
Noun: Pound  pawnd
  1. United States writer who lived in Europe; strongly influenced the development of modern literature (1885-1972)
    - Ezra Pound, Ezra Loomis Pound

Derived forms: pounding, pounds, pounded

Type of: author, avoirdupois unit, blow, break up, British monetary unit, confine, Cypriot monetary unit, Egyptian monetary unit, enclosure, force unit, fragment, fragmentise [Brit], fragmentize, hit, hold, Irish monetary unit, Lebanese monetary unit, move, partition, partition off, poet, restrain, Sudanese monetary unit, symbol, Syrian monetary unit, thrust, walk, writer

Part of: quarter [US], stone [Brit]

Encyclopedia: Pound, Virginia