pool

A pool is a small body of water, like the tide pools that form on rocky beaches at low tide, or the town pool where you take swimming lessons.

Pool is a common word with many different meanings. Pools are natural and human-made collections of water, from deep plunge pools at the base of a waterfall to rectangular reflecting pools in parks. A pool is also a supply of something, like workers or money. As a verb, pool means "to combine": "Let's pool our resources and go to Disneyland!" Then there's the game called pool, whose name comes from players vying for a pool of cash.

Definitions of pool
  1. noun
    a small body of standing water (rainwater) or other liquid
    “the body lay in a pool of blood”
    synonyms: puddle
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    billabong
    a stagnant pool of water in the bed of a stream that flows intermittently
    mud puddle
    a puddle of mud
    wallow
    a puddle where animals go to wallow
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    body of water, water
    the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)
  2. noun
    an excavation that is (usually) filled with water
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    cistern
    an artificial reservoir for storing liquids; especially an underground tank for storing rainwater
    natatorium, swimming bath, swimming pool
    pool that provides a facility for swimming
    wading pool
    a shallow pool for children
    water jump
    a pool or stream in a steeplechase or similar contest
    cesspit, cesspool, sink, sump
    a covered cistern; waste water and sewage flow into it
    rain barrel
    a barrel used as a cistern to hold rainwater
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    excavation
    a hole in the ground made by excavating
  3. noun
    a small lake
    synonyms: pond
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    fishpond
    a freshwater pond with fish
    horsepond
    a pond for watering horses
    mere
    a small pond of standing water
    millpond
    a pond formed by damming a stream to provide a head of water to turn a mill wheel
    swimming hole
    a small body of water (usually in a creek) that is deep enough to use for swimming
    water hole
    a natural hole or hollow containing water
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    lake
    a body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land
  4. noun
    something resembling a pool of liquid
    “he stood in a pool of light”
    synonyms: puddle
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    place, spot, topographic point
    a point located with respect to surface features of some region
  5. noun
    an organization of people or resources that can be shared
    “a car pool
    “a secretarial pool
    “when he was first hired he was assigned to the pool
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    typing pool
    a group of typists who can work for different persons
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    organisation, organization
    a group of people who work together
  6. noun
    an association of companies for some definite purpose
    synonyms: consortium, syndicate
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    cartel, combine, corporate trust, trust
    a consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service
    drug cartel
    an illicit cartel formed to control the production and distribution of narcotic drugs
    oil cartel
    a cartel of companies or nations formed to control the production and distribution of oil
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    association
    a formal organization of people or groups of people
  7. noun
    any communal combination of funds
    “everyone contributed to the pool
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    reserve account, reserve fund
    funds taken out of earnings to provide for anticipated future payments
  8. noun
    the combined stakes of the betters
    synonyms: kitty
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    bet, stake, stakes, wager
    the money risked on a gamble
  9. verb
    join or form a pool of people
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    aggroup, group
    form a group or group together
  10. verb
    combine into a common fund
    “We pooled resources”
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    share
    use jointly or in common
  11. noun
    any of various games played on a pool table having 6 pockets
    synonyms: pocket billiards
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    snooker
    a form of pool played with 15 red balls and six balls of other colors and a cue ball
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    table game
    a game that is played on a table
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