- A pool is defined as a puddle of liquid or a place for swimming.
- An example of a pool is a large coffee spill.
- An example of a pool is where you'd go to swim laps.
- Pool is a type of billiard game played with a long cue and balls on a felted table.
An example of pool is what Paul Newman played in the movie The Hustler.
- The definition of a pool is a combination or gathering of people or resources for the same purpose.
An example of pool is a group of co-workers who drive to work together in the same vehicle.
- a small pond, as in a garden
- a small collection of liquid, as a puddle
- swimming pool
- a deep, still spot in a river
- ☆ a natural, isolated, underground accumulation of oil or gas
Origin of poolMiddle English ; from Old English pol, akin to Dutch poel and amp; German pfuhl, probably ultimately ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhel-, to shine, glimmer
- the total amount of the players' stakes played for, as in a single deal of a card game; pot
- Brit. a game of billiards for such a pool
- any of various games related to billiards played typically with object balls numbered from one to fifteen and a cue ball, on a pool table: the object is to pocket a ball or balls
- a combination of resources, funds, etc. for some common purpose; specif.,
- ☆ the combined wagers of bettors on a horse race, participants in a lottery, etc., the gains or losses from which are to be divided proportionately
- the combined investments of a group of persons or corporations undertaking, and sharing responsibility for, a joint enterprise
- ☆ a common fund of stockholders, for speculation, manipulation of prices, etc.
- the persons or parties forming any such combination
- ☆ a combination of business firms for creating a monopoly in a particular market; trust
- a collection of equipment and group of trained personnel, utilized and shared by a group: a motor pool
- an informal group of people sharing in some task or responsibility: a car pool
Origin of poolFrench poule, pool, stakes, origin, originally hen ; from Late Latin pulla, hen, feminine of Classical Latin pullus (see poultry): associated, association in eastern; English with pool
- A small body of still water.
- An accumulation of standing liquid; a puddle: a pool of blood.
- A deep or still place in a stream.
- A swimming pool.
- An underground accumulation of petroleum or gas in porous sedimentary rock.
intransitive verbpooled, pool·ing, pools
- To form pools or a pool: The receding tide pooled in hollows along the shore.
- To accumulate in a body part: preventing blood from pooling in the limbs.
Origin of poolMiddle English, from Old English pōl.
- a. A game of chance, resembling a lottery, in which the contestants put staked money into a common fund that is later paid to the winner.b. A fund containing all the money bet in a game of chance or on the outcome of an event.
- A supply, as of vehicles or workers, available for use by a group.
- A group of journalists who cover an event and then by agreement share their reports with participating news media: the White House press pool.
- a. A mutual fund established by a group of stockholders for speculating in or manipulating prices of securities.b. The persons or parties participating in such a fund.
- A grouping of assets, such as mortgages, that serves as a basis for the issuing of securities.
- An agreement between competing business concerns to establish controls over production, market, and prices for common profit.
- Any of several games played on a six-pocket billiards table usually with 15 object balls and a cue ball. Also called pocket billiards.
verbpooled, pool·ing, pools
Origin of poolFrench poule, hen, stakes, booty, from Old French, hen, young chicken, from Latin pullus, young of an animal; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English pool, pole, pol, from Old English pÅl (“pool"), from Proto-Germanic *pÅlaz (“pool, pond"), from Proto-Indo-European *bale- (“bog, marsh"). Cognate with Scots puil (“pool"), Saterland Frisian Pol (“pool"), West Frisian poel (“pool"), Dutch poel (“pool"), Low German Pohl, Pul (“pool"), German Pfuhl (“quagmire, mudhole"), Danish pÃ¸l (“puddle"), Swedish pÃ¶l (“puddle, pool"), Icelandic pollur (“puddle"), Lithuanian bala (“bog, marsh, swamp, pool"), Latvian bala (“a muddly, treeless depression"), Russian Ð±Ð¾Ð»Ð¾Ñ‚Ð¾ (boloto, “swamp, bog, marsh").
- (uncountable) 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.
- 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.
- The stake played for in certain games of cards, billiards, etc.; an aggregated stake to which each player has contributed a share; also, the receptacle for the stakes.
- 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.
- 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.
- A group of nations for the purpose of a knockout tournament.
(third-person singular simple present pools, present participle pooling, simple past and past participle pooled)
- to 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
- (intransitive) to combine or contribute with others, as for a commercial, speculative, or gambling transaction
French poule (“collective stakes in a game") (The OED suggests that this may be a transferred use of poule (“hen"), which has been explained anecdotally as deriving from an old informal betting game in France - 'jeu de poule' - Game of Chicken (Hen, literally) in which poule became synonymous with the combined money pot claimed by the winner)