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1 an excavation that is (usually) filled with water
2 a small lake; "the pond was too small for sailing" [syn: pond]
3 an organization of people or resources that can be shared; "a car pool"; "a secretarial pool"; "when he was first hired he was assigned to the pool"
4 an association of companies for some definite purpose [syn: consortium, syndicate]
5 any communal combination of funds; "everyone contributed to the pool"
6 a small body of standing water (rainwater) or other liquid; "there were puddles of muddy water in the road after the rain"; "the body lay in a pool of blood" [syn: puddle]
7 the combined stakes of the betters [syn: kitty]
8 something resembling a pool of liquid; "he stood in a pool of light"; "his chair sat in a puddle of books and magazines" [syn: puddle]
9 any of various games played on a pool table having 6 pockets [syn: pocket billiards]


1 combine into a common fund; "We pooled resources"
2 join or form a pool of people

User Contributed Dictionary

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Etymology 1



  1. 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; as, the pools of Solomon. --Wyclif.
    Charity will hardly water the ground where it must first fill a pool. --Francis Bacon.
    The sleepy pool above the dam. --Tennyson.
  2. A small body of standing or stagnant water; a puddle.
    The filthy mantled pool beyond your cell. --Shak.
  3. A supply of resources.
    Estimates as to when the pool of available IPv4 addresses will be exhausted vary widely. --IPv6.
  4. The stake played for in certain games of cards, billiards, etc.; an aggregated stake to which each player has contributed a snare; also, the receptacle for the stakes.
a body of water
  • Irish: linn
  • Serbian: kupelj (swimming pool)
  • Spanish: estanque
  • Welsh: pwll
A supply of resources
  • Hebrew: מאגר

Etymology 2



  1. 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.
    Note: This game is played variously, but commonly with fifteen balls, besides one cue ball, the contest being to drive the most balls into the pockets.
    He plays pool at the billiard houses. --Thackeray.
  2. 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.
  3. Any gambling or commercial venture in which several persons join.
  4. 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; as, the pool took all the wheat offered below the limit; he put $10,000 into the pool.
  5. A mutual arrangement between competing lines, by which the receipts of all are aggregated, and then distributed pro rata according to agreement.
  6. An aggregation of properties or rights, belonging to different people in a community, in a common fund, to be charged with common liabilities.


  1. 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.
    Finally, it favors the pooling of all issues. -- Grant.
  1. combine or contribute with others, as for a commercial,speculative, or gambling transaction.




  1. pole (extreme point of an axis)




Extensive Definition

Pool may refer to:

Bodies of water

Sports, games and gambling

  • Betting pool, form of pool betting where gamblers pay a fixed price into a pool
  • Pool (poker), money wagered during a single hand of poker
  • Pool checkers, variant of checkers (draughts)
  • Pool betting, betting system in which all bets of a particular type are placed together in a pool
  • Pool billiards, family of games played on a pocket billiards table
  • Pool play, round robin stage of many sporting championships
  • Singapore Pools, Singapore's sole legal lottery





See also

pool in German: Pool
pool in French: Pool
pool in Italian: Pool
pool in Dutch: Pool
pool in Japanese: プール (曖昧さ回避)
pool in Simple English: Pool
pool in Swedish: Pool

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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