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pound sterling

n.
See pound1.
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pound sterling

n
(Currencies) the official name for the standard monetary unit of the United Kingdom. See pound35
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pound1

(paʊnd)

v.t.
1. to strike repeatedly with great force, as with an instrument, the fist, heavy missiles, etc.
2. to produce or effect by or as if by striking or thumping (often fol. by out).
3. to force (a way) by battering; batter (often fol. by down).
4. to crush into a powder or paste by beating repeatedly.
v.i.
5. to strike heavy blows repeatedly.
6. to beat or throb violently, as the heart.
7. to give forth a thumping sound.
8. to walk or go with heavy steps.
9. to work with force or vigor (often fol. by away).
n.
10. the act of pounding.
11. a heavy or forcible blow.
12. a thump.
Idioms:
pound the pavement, Informal. to walk the streets unremittingly, as to find work.
[before 1000; Middle English pounen, Old English pūnian; akin to Dutch puin rubbish]
pound′er, n.
syn: See beat.

pound2

(paʊnd)

n., pl. pounds, (collectively) pound.
1. a unit of weight and of mass, varying in different periods and countries.
2.
a. (in English-speaking countries) an avoirdupois unit of weight equal to 7000 grains, divided into 16 ounces (0.453 kg), used for ordinary commerce. Abbr.: lb., lb. av.
b. a troy unit of weight, in the U.S. and formerly in Britain, equal to 5760 grains, divided into 12 ounces (0.373 kg), used for precious metals. Abbr.: lb. t.
c. (in the U.S.) a unit of apothecaries' weight equal to 5760 grains, divided into 12 ounces (0.373 kg).
3. Also called pound sterling. the basic monetary unit of the United Kingdom, formerly equal to 20 shillings or 240 pence: equal to 100 new pence after decimalization in 1971.Abbr.: L; Symbol:£
4. the basic monetary unit of Cyprus, Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan, and Syria.
5. punt 4.
6. a former monetary unit of various countries, as Israel, Libya, and Nigeria.
Idioms:
pound of flesh, something justly owed but costly to the payer.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English pund (c. Dutch pond, German Pfund, Old Norse, Gothic pund) « Latin pondō pound, abl. of pondus weight, in the phrase libra pondō a pound by weight; see libra]

pound3

(paʊnd)

n.
1. an enclosure maintained by public authorities for confining stray or homeless animals.
2. an enclosure for sheltering, keeping, confining, or trapping animals.
3. an enclosure or trap for fish.
4. a place of confinement or imprisonment.
5. a place where illegally parked vehicles are impounded.
[1350–1400; Middle English poond; compare late Old English pund- in pundfald pinfold; akin to pond]

Pound

(paʊnd)

n.
1. Ezra Loomis, 1885–1972, U.S. poet.
2. Roscoe, 1870–1964, U.S. legal scholar and botanist.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pound sterling - the basic unit of money in Great Britain and Northern Irelandpound sterling - the basic unit of money in Great Britain and Northern Ireland; equal to 100 pence
British monetary unit - monetary unit in Great Britain
penny - a fractional monetary unit of Ireland and the United Kingdom; equal to one hundredth of a pound
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Translations
libra šterlinků
pund sterling
Ison-Britannian punta
funta sterlinga
英貨ポンド
영국 파운드
brittiskt pund
ปอนด์สเตอร์ลิง
bảng Anh

pound sterling

nlira sterlina
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

pound sterling

جِنِيهٌ إِسْتِرلِينِي libra šterlinků pund sterling Pfund Sterling στερλίνα libra esterlina Ison-Britannian punta livre sterling funta sterlinga sterlina 英貨ポンド 영국 파운드 pond sterling pund sterling funt szterling libra esterlina фунт стерлингов brittiskt pund ปอนด์สเตอร์ลิง pound sterlin bảng Anh 英镑
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