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

  • n. A still body of water smaller than a lake.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An inland body of standing water, either natural or man-made, that is smaller than a lake.
  • n. The Atlantic Ocean. Especially in across the pond.
  • v. To block the flow of water so that it can escape only through evaporation or seepage; to dam.
  • v. To ponder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A body of water, naturally or artificially confined, and usually of less extent than a lake.
  • transitive v. To make into a pond; to collect, as water, in a pond by damming.
  • transitive v. To ponder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dam or pen up; make into a pond by damming: collect in a pond by stopping the current of a river.
  • To form pools or ponds; collect in the manner of water in a pond.
  • To ponder.
  • n. A body of water, natural or artificial, of less extent than a lake: as, a mill-pond.
  • n. A Middle English form of pound.

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

  • n. a small lake


Middle English ponde, from Old English pund-, enclosure.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Variant of pound. (Wiktionary)



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  • "Everyone grumbled. The sky was grey.
    We had nothing to do and nothing to say.
    We were nearing the end of a dismal day,
    And there seemed to be nothing beyond,
    Daddy fell into the pond!"
    - Alfred Noyes, 'Daddy Fell Into The Pond'.

    November 1, 2008