Pool meaning

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A deep or still place in a stream.
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To form pools or a pool.

The receding tide pooled in hollows along the shore.

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A swimming pool.
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The total amount of the players' stakes played for, as in a single deal of a card game; pot.
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An underground accumulation of petroleum or gas in porous sedimentary rock.
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To join or form a pool.
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To accumulate in a body part.

Preventing blood from pooling in the limbs.

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A supply, as of vehicles or workers, available for use by a group.
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A group of journalists who cover an event and then by agreement share their reports with participating news media.

The White House press pool.

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A grouping of assets, such as mortgages, that serves as a basis for the issuing of securities.
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An agreement between competing business concerns to establish controls over production, market, and prices for common profit.
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Any of several games played on a six-pocket billiards table usually with 15 object balls and a cue ball.
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A small pond, as in a garden.
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A small collection of liquid, as a puddle.
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A deep, still spot in a river.
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A natural, isolated, underground accumulation of oil or gas.
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To form, or accumulate in, a pool.
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A combination of resources, funds, etc. for some common purpose.
  • 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.
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A combination of business firms for creating a monopoly in a particular market; trust.
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To contribute to a pool, or common fund; make a common interest or form a pool (of)
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See pooled.
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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.

The pools of Solomon.

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A small body of standing or stagnant water; a puddle.
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A swimming pool.
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(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.
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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.
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Any gambling or commercial venture in which several persons join.
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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.
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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.

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(rail transport) A mutual arrangement between competing lines, by which the receipts of all are aggregated, and then distributed pro rata according to agreement.
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(law) An aggregation of properties or rights, belonging to different people in a community, in a common fund, to be charged with common liabilities.
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A group of nations for the purpose of a knockout tournament.
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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.
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(intransitive) To combine or contribute with others, as for a commercial, speculative, or gambling transaction.
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A small body of still water.
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An accumulation of standing liquid; a puddle.

A pool of blood.

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To put into a pool, as for common use.

Let's pool our resources to finish the project quickly.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Origin of pool

  • French poule hen, stakes, booty from Old French hen, young chicken from Latin pullus young of an animal pau-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English pōl

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary

  • 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)

    From Wiktionary