Pool Definition

po͝ol
pooled, pooling, pools
noun
pools
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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verb
pooled, pooling, pools
To form, or accumulate in, a pool.
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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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To join or form a pool.
American Heritage
To accumulate in a body part.
Preventing blood from pooling in the limbs.
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(intransitive) To combine or contribute with others, as for a commercial, speculative, or gambling transaction.

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Other Word Forms of Pool

Noun

Singular:
pool
Plural:
pools

Origin of Pool

  • 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

  • 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

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