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pound 1

1. Abbr. lb.
a. A unit of weight equal to 16 ounces (453.592 grams).
b. A unit of apothecary weight equal to 12 ounces (373.242 grams). See Table at measurement.
2. A unit of weight differing in various countries and times.
a. The primary unit of currency in the United Kingdom, worth 20 shillings or 240 old pence before the decimalization of 1971. Also called pound sterling.
b. See Table at currency.
5. The primary unit of currency in Ireland and Cyprus before the adoption of the euro.
6. A primary unit of currency in Scotland before the Act of Union (1707). Also called pound scots.
7. The pound key on a telephone.

[Middle English, from Old English pund, from West Germanic *punda-, from Latin (lībra) pondō, (a pound) by weight; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

pound 2

v. pound·ed, pound·ing, pounds
a. To strike repeatedly and forcefully, especially with the hand or a tool: pounded the nail with a hammer. See Synonyms at beat.
b. To assault with military force: pounded the bunker with mortars.
c. To beat to a powder or pulp; pulverize or crush: pound corn into meal.
2. To instill by persistent, emphatic repetition: pounded knowledge into the students' heads.
3. To produce energetically, as from forceful use of the hands. Often used with out: "a tinny piano pounding out Happy Birthday down the block" (Laura Kascischke).
4. To cause harm or loss to; affect adversely: stocks that were pounded when energy prices rose.
5. To defeat soundly: pounded their rivals in the season finale.
6. To attack verbally; criticize: was pounded for months in the press.
7. Slang To drink quickly (a beverage, especially an alcoholic one). Often used with back or down: pounded back a few beers after work.
1. To strike vigorous, repeated blows: He pounded on the table.
2. To move along heavily and noisily: The children pounded up the stairs.
3. To pulsate rapidly and heavily; throb: My heart pounded.
4. To move or work laboriously: a ship that pounded through heavy seas.
1. A heavy blow.
2. The sound of a heavy blow; a thump.
3. The act of pounding.
pound the pavement Slang
To travel the streets on foot, especially in search of work.

[Middle English pounden, alteration of pounen, from Old English pūnian.]

pound′er n.

pound 3

a. An animal shelter, especially one operated by a public agency to house stray or confiscated animals.
b. A public enclosure for the confinement of stray livestock.
a. A tank or submerged cage, as on a boat, in which live fish or shellfish are kept.
b. New England An establishment at which live lobsters are kept and sold, often also offering no-frills restaurant service.
3. A place in which vehicles impounded by the authorities are held until redeemed by their owners.
4. Archaic A prison.
tr.v. pound·ed, pound·ing, pounds
To confine (an animal) in a pound.

[Middle English, from Old English pund-, enclosure (as in pundfall, pen).]


the act of striking something heavily and oftenheavy throbbinga severe and sustained attack (esp in the phrase take a pounding)
throbbing heavilyextremely forcefulmoving quickly and forcefully; runningstrongly rhythmical; driving


 a mass or quantity pounded by natural or human means.
Examples: pounding of cider (a years supply), 1893; of pianists—Lipton, 1970; of rocks (the sea bottom), 1872.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pounding - repeated heavy blowspounding - repeated heavy blows      
blow, bump - an impact (as from a collision); "the bump threw him off the bicycle"
2.pounding - an instance of rapid strong pulsation (of the heart); "he felt a throbbing in his head"
heartbeat, beat, pulse, pulsation - the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart; "he could feel the beat of her heart"
3.pounding - the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows)pounding - the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows); "the sudden hammer of fists caught him off guard"; "the pounding of feet on the hallway"
blow - a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon; "a blow on the head"


[ˈpaʊndɪŋ] N
1. (= noise) [of feet, hooves] → pisadas fpl; [of guns] → martilleo m; [of sea, waves] → embate m; [of heart] → palpitaciones fpl, latidos mpl violentos
suddenly there was a furious pounding on the doorde repente empezaron a aporrear furiosamente la puerta
2. (= pummelling) (from shells, bombs) → bombardeo m
the city took a pounding last nightla ciudad fue muy castigada en el bombardeo de anoche
3. (fig) (= thrashing) Barcelona gave us a real poundingel Barcelona nos dio una paliza de las buenas
to take a poundingsufrir una (dura) derrota


(at door)martèlement m
[heart] → palpitations fpl
to take a pounding [city, area] (from gunfire, bombs)subir un pilonnage; (from storm, hurricane)subir des ravages; [boxer, fighter] (= be hit hard) → recevoir une avalanche de coups; [team] (= be defeated) → se faire battre à plate couture; [person, government] (= be criticized) → se faire éreinter; [shares, finances] → chuter de façon vertigineuse
[heart] → battant à tout rompre; [headache] → violent(e) before n
pounding waves → des vagues violentes
pounding rain → une pluie battante
with pounding heart → le cœur battant à tout rompre
the sound of pounding feet → le martèlement des pieds
[music, rhythm] → martelé(e)pound sign nsymbole m de la livre sterlingpound sterling nlivre f sterling


Hämmern nt; (of heart)Pochen nt; (of music, drums)Dröhnen nt; (of waves, sea)Schlagen nt; (of engine, steamer, pile-driver, hooves, feet etc)Stampfen nt; (of guns, shells, bombs)Bombardement nt; the ship took a pounding from the wavesdas Schiff wurde von den Wellen stark mitgenommen; the city took a pounding last nightgestern Nacht wurde die Stadt schwer bombardiert; his theory took a pounding from the criticsseine Theorie wurde von den Kritikern scharf angegriffen; our team took quite a pounding on Saturdayunsere Mannschaft hat am Samstag eine ziemliche Schlappe einstecken müssen (inf); he took a pounding in the fighter musste in dem Kampf einige Schläge einstecken
(of corn etc)Zerstampfen nt; (of drugs)Zerstoßen nt
adj hearttrommelnd, klopfend; feettrommelnd; hooves, drumsdonnernd, trommelnd; headachepochend; wavesdonnernd, aufschlagend


[ˈpaʊndɪŋ] n to take a pounding (team) → prendere una batosta; (ship) → essere sbattuto/a violentemente dalle onde; (town, in war) → venire duramente colpito/a
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He was aware that the grunting and screaming of Sheeta in the tree above them would set their nerves on edge, and that his pounding upon their gate after dark would still further add to their terror.
When she vanished, men seated at the tables near the front applauded loudly, pounding the polished wood with their beer glasses.
So they set to work in one of the big yellow rooms of the castle and worked for three days and four nights, hammering and twisting and bending and soldering and polishing and pounding at the legs and body and head of the Tin Woodman, until at last he was straightened out into his old form, and his joints worked as well as ever.
The shouts, the vociferations that resounded through the bars and taverns decorated with glasses, tankards, and bottles of marvelous shape, mortars for pounding sugar, and bundles of straws
Presently the confusion took form, and through the fog of battle Tom appeared, seated astride the new boy, and pounding him with his fists.
As the bank passenger-- with an arm drawn through the leathern strap, which did what lay in it to keep him from pounding against the next passenger, and driving him into his corner, whenever the coach got a special jolt--nodded in his place, with half-shut eyes, the little coach-windows, and the coach-lamp dimly gleaming through them, and the bulky bundle of opposite passenger, became the bank, and did a great stroke of business.
Then there followed a great to-do through all our old inn, heavy feet pounding to and fro, furniture thrown over, doors kicked in, until the very rocks re-echoed and the men came out again, one after another, on the road and declared that we were nowhere to be found.
But I could not well believe this, as I could feel my heart pounding against my ribs from the exertion of my efforts to release myself from the anaesthesis which had held me.
His rifle barrel grew so hot that ordi- narily he could not have borne it upon his palms; but he kept on stuffing cartridges into it, and pounding them with his clanking, bending ram- rod.