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- A small and rather deep collection of (usually) fresh water, as one supplied by a spring, or occurring in the course of a stream; a reservoir for water; as, the pools of Solomon. --Wyclif.
- A small body of standing or stagnant water; a puddle.
- The filthy mantled pool beyond your cell. --Shak.
- A supply of resources.
- Estimates as to when the pool of available IPv4 addresses will be exhausted vary widely. --IPv6.
- The stake played for in certain games of cards, billiards, etc.; an aggregated stake to which each player has contributed a snare; also, the receptacle for the stakes.
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- A game at billiards, in which each of the players stakes a certain sum, the winner taking the whole; also, in public billiard rooms, a game in which the loser pays the entrance fee for all who engage in the game; a game of skill in pocketing the balls on a pool table.
- Note: This game is played variously, but commonly with fifteen balls, besides one cue ball, the contest being to drive the most balls into the pockets.
- He plays pool at the billiard houses. --Thackeray.
- In rifle shooting, a contest in which each competitor pays a certain sum for every shot he makes, the net proceeds being divided among the winners.
- Any gambling or commercial venture in which several persons join.
- A combination of persons contributing money to be used for the purpose of increasing or depressing the market price of stocks, grain, or other commodities; also, the aggregate of the sums so contributed; as, the pool took all the wheat offered below the limit; he put $10,000 into the pool.
- (rail transport) A mutual arrangement between competing lines, by which the receipts of all are aggregated, and then distributed pro rata according to agreement.
- (law) An aggregation of properties or rights, belonging to different people in a community, in a common fund, to be charged with common liabilities.
- blind pool
- bumper pool
- dirty pool
- gene pool
- kelly pool (3)
- motor pool
- pool hall
- pool table
- tidal pool
Third person singular
- put together; contribute to a common fund, on the basis of a mutual division of profits or losses; to make a common interest of; as, the companies pooled their traffic.
- Finally, it favors the pooling of all issues. -- Grant.
- combine or contribute with others, as for a commercial,speculative, or gambling transaction.
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