- 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 pōl (“pool”), from Proto-Germanic *pōlaz (“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 pøl (“puddle”), Swedish pöl (“puddle, pool”), Icelandic pollur (“puddle”), Lithuanian bala (“bog, marsh, swamp, pool”), Latvian bala (“a muddly, treeless depression”), Russian болото (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)