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Etymology 1

From Old English pund, from Proto-Germanic *punda-, an early borrowing from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] pondō in lībra pondō ‘a pound by weight’ (a misinterpretation: pondō is the adverb meaning ‘by weight’, originally an ablative form of pondus). Cognate with Dutch pond, German Pfund, Swedish pund.

Noun

Singular
pound

Plural
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  1. Short for Pound-force, a unit of force/weight.
  2. A unit of mass equal to 16 avoirdupois ounces (= 453.592 37 g) or 12 troy ounces (≈ 373.242 g). Its symbol is lb.
  3. (US) The symbol # (octothorpe)
  4. A unit of currency used in Cyprus; Egypt; Lebanon; the United Kingdom and its dependencies; and formerly in the Republic of Ireland (which now uses the euro) and Israel (which now uses the sheqel). Its symbol is £.
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Etymology 2

From Middle English pounde, from Old English pyndan (to enclose, impound).

Noun

Singular
pound

Plural
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  1. A place for the detention of stray or wandering animals.
  2. A place for the detention of automobiles that have been illegally parked, abandoned, etc.
  3. A hard blow.
  4. The part of a canal between two locks, and therefore at the same water level.

Usage note: Manx English uses this word uncountably.

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Etymology 3

From Middle English pounden, alteration of pounen, from Old English pūnian. Likely influenced by Etymology 2 Middle English pounde, from Old English pyndan (to enclose, impound), in relation to the hollow mortar for pounding with the pestle.

Verb

Infinitive
to pound

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to pound (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To strike (something or someone) hard repeatedly.
  2. (transitive) to crush to pieces; to pulverize
  3. (transitive) (slang) To eat or drink very quickly.
    You really pounded that beer!
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