pound

A pound is a unit of measuring mass. Your giant cat, at 16 pounds, may easily outweigh your tiny dog — and whether he does or not, he's definitely the boss.

Pound is one of those words with a dizzying number of meanings. There's the unit North Americans use to measure weight, and there's also the unit of currency in the U.K. that's basically equivalent to U.S. dollars. Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon, among other countries, also have pound currencies. As a verb, pound means "to hit or make a heavy thud," the way you pound a stake in the ground or your heart pounds when you're nervous.

Definitions of pound
  1. noun
    16 ounces avoirdupois
    “he got a hernia when he tried to lift 100 pounds
    synonyms: lb
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    avoirdupois unit
    any of the units of the avoirdupois system of weights
  2. noun
    a unit of apothecary weight equal to 12 ounces troy
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    force unit
    a unit of measurement of physical force
  3. noun
    a nontechnical unit of force equal to the mass of 1 pound with an acceleration of free fall equal to 32 feet/sec/sec
    synonyms: lbf.
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    force unit
    a unit of measurement of physical force
  4. noun
    the basic unit of money in Great Britain and Northern Ireland; equal to 100 pence
    synonyms: British pound, British pound sterling, pound sterling, quid
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    British monetary unit
    monetary unit in Great Britain
  5. noun
    a symbol for a unit of currency (especially for the pound sterling in Great Britain)
    synonyms: pound sign
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    symbol
    an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
  6. noun
    the basic unit of money in Syria; equal to 100 piasters
    synonyms: Syrian pound
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    Syrian monetary unit
    monetary unit in Syria
  7. noun
    the basic unit of money in the Sudan; equal to 100 piasters
    synonyms: Sudanese pound
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    Sudanese monetary unit
    monetary unit in the Sudan
  8. noun
    the basic unit of money in Lebanon; equal to 100 piasters
    synonyms: Lebanese pound
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    Lebanese monetary unit
    monetary unit in Lebanon
  9. noun
    the basic unit of money in Egypt; equal to 100 piasters
    synonyms: Egyptian pound
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    Egyptian monetary unit
    monetary unit in Egypt
  10. noun
    the basic unit of money in Cyprus; equal to 100 cents
    synonyms: Cypriot pound
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    Cypriot monetary unit
    monetary unit in Cyprus
  11. noun
    formerly the basic unit of money in Ireland; equal to 100 pence
    synonyms: Irish pound, Irish punt, punt
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    Irish monetary unit
    monetary unit in Eire
  12. verb
    hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument
    “the salesman pounded the door knocker”
    synonyms: poke, thump
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    hit
    deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  13. verb
    break down and crush by beating, as with a pestle
    pound the roots with a heavy flat stone”
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    break up, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize
    break or cause to break into pieces
  14. verb
    strike or drive against with a heavy impact
    pound on the door”
    synonyms: ram, ram down
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    thrust
    push forcefully
  15. noun
    the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows)
    synonyms: hammer, hammering, pounding
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    blow, buffet
    a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
  16. verb
    move heavily or clumsily
    synonyms: lumber
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    walk
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  17. verb
    move rhythmically
    synonyms: beat, thump
    beat
    indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks
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    pulsate, pulse, throb
    expand and contract rhythmically; beat rhythmically
    flutter, palpitate
    beat rapidly
    thrash
    beat so fast that (the heart's) output starts dropping until (it) does not manage to pump out blood at all
    flap
    move noisily
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    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  18. noun
    a public enclosure for stray or unlicensed dogs
    “unlicensed dogs will be taken to the pound
    synonyms: dog pound
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    enclosure
    a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
  19. verb
    place or shut up in a pound
    pound the cows so they don't stray”
    synonyms: impound
    pound up
    shut up or confine in any enclosure or within any bounds or limits
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    confine, hold, restrain
    to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement
  20. verb
    shut up or confine in any enclosure or within any bounds or limits
    “The prisoners are safely pounded
    synonyms: pound up
    impound
    place or shut up in a pound
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    confine, hold, restrain
    to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement
  21. verb
    partition off into compartments
    “The locks pound the water of the canal”
    synonyms: pound off
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    partition, partition off
    divide into parts, pieces, or sections
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