Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Botany A dehiscent fruit of a leguminous plant such as the pea.
  • n. Botany A dry, several-seeded, dehiscent fruit. Also called seedpod.
  • n. Zoology A protective covering that encases the eggs of some insects and fish.
  • n. A casing or housing forming part of a vehicle, as:
  • n. A streamlined external housing that encloses engines, machine guns, or fuel.
  • n. Aerospace A detachable compartment on a spacecraft for carrying personnel or instrumentation.
  • n. Something resembling a pod, as in compactness.
  • intransitive v. To bear or produce pods.
  • intransitive v. To expand or swell like a pod.
  • transitive v. To remove (seeds) from a pod.
  • n. A school of marine mammals, such as seals, whales, or dolphins. See Synonyms at flock1.
  • n. The lengthwise groove in certain boring tools such as augers.
  • n. The socket for holding the bit in a boring tool.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a seed case for legumes (e.g. peas, beans, peppers)
  • n. a small vehicle, especially used in emergency situations
  • v. To bear or produce pods
  • v. To remove peas from their case.
  • v. To swell or fill.
  • n. A group of whales, dolphins, porpoises or hippopotami.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bag; a pouch.
  • n. A capsule of plant, especially a legume; a dry dehiscent fruit. See Illust. of Angiospermous.
  • n. A considerable number of animals closely clustered together; -- said of seals.
  • intransitive v. To swell; to fill; also, to produce pods.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, a more or less elongated cylindrical or flatfish seed-vessel, as of the pea, bean, catalpa, etc.; technically, a legume or silicle, but applied commonly to any dry dehiscent (mostly)sever-al-seeded pericarp, whether of one carpel (follicle, leg ume)or of several (capsule). See cuts under Arachis, balloon-vine, circumscissile, Crueiferæ, divi-divi, and Eriodendron.
  • n. The straight channel or groove in the body of certain forms of augers and boring-bits.
  • n. The pike when nearly full-grown.
  • n. A school or shoal, as of fishes or whales; a group or number, as of seals or walruses.
  • To swell and assume the appearance of a pod.
  • To produce pods.
  • To drive seals or walruses into a pod or bunch for the purpose of clubbing them.
  • n. . The blade of a cricket-bat.
  • To assemble in small bands: specifically applied to the pups, or young, of the fur-seal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. produce pods, of plants
  • n. a several-seeded dehiscent fruit as e.g. of a leguminous plant
  • n. a detachable container of fuel on an airplane
  • v. take something out of its shell or pod
  • n. the vessel that contains the seeds of a plant (not the seeds themselves)
  • n. a group of aquatic mammals

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Origin unknown.

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From Middle English *pod ("seed-pod, husk, shell"), from Old English pād ("an outer garment, covering, coat, cloak"), from Proto-Germanic *paidō (“coat, smock, shirt”), from Proto-Indo-European *baitā- (“woolen clothes”). Cognate with Old Saxon pēda ("skirt"), German dialectal Pfeid, Pfeit ("shirt"), Gothic  (paida, "mantle, skirt"), Ancient Greek  (báitā, "goat-skin, fur-coat or tent").

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From a special use of Etymology 1. See above.

Examples

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  • pod, n. A podcast

    The Guardian, 21 December 2016:

    The daddy of British podcasting is beloved for good reason. His pod is laced with the same creativity and nerdy attention to detail as everything he has ever done.

    January 5, 2017

  • pod, n.

    Steve Raikow, 29 November 2015:

    New tech jargon spotted in the wild: Pod, noun, a podcast episode. Ex: "Today's pod is brought to you by squarespace." #jargonwatch #ugh

    December 28, 2015

  • A style of open-plan office. Following on from the cube farm (and in no way an improvement on it), the pod features low partitions (accidental eye-contact with neighbours becomes possible and effectiveness as a noise barrier is reduced to a minimum), no privacy and next to no storage space. Bookshelves are a luxury accorded only to those whose portion of the pod happens to abut a supporting wall.

    Etymology: viewed from above, workers bear a striking resemblance to peas in a pod.

    April 6, 2008

  • I suspect you won't have to wait long. ;-)

    January 25, 2008

  • Holy propaganda, Rummy man! I want a pods are there t-shirt!

    January 25, 2008