Ezra pound



[pound] /paʊnd/

noun
1.
Ezra Loomis
[loo-mis] /ˈlu mɪs/ (Show IPA), 1885–1972, U.S. poet.
2.
Louise, 1872–1958, U.S. scholar and linguist.
3.
her brother, Roscoe, 1870–1964, U.S. legal scholar and writer.
/paʊnd/
verb
1.
when intr, often foll by on or at. to strike heavily and often
2.
(transitive) to beat to a pulp; pulverize
3.
(transitive) to instil by constant drilling: to pound Latin into him
4.
(transitive) foll by out. to produce, as by typing heavily
5.
to walk (the pavement, street, etc) repeatedly: he pounded the pavement looking for a job
6.
(intransitive) to throb heavily
noun
7.
a heavy blow; thump
8.
the act of pounding
/paʊnd/
noun
1.
an enclosure, esp one maintained by a public authority, for keeping officially removed vehicles or distrained goods or animals, esp stray dogs
2.
a place where people are confined
3.

verb
4.
(transitive) to confine in or as if in a pound; impound, imprison, or restrain
/paʊnd/
noun
1.
an avoirdupois unit of weight that is divided into 16 ounces and is equal to 0.453 592 kilograms lb
2.
a troy unit of weight divided into 12 ounces equal to 0.373 242 kilograms Abbreviation lb tr, lb t
3.
an apothecaries’ unit of weight, used in the US, that is divided into 5760 grains and is equal to one pound troy
4.
(not in technical usage) a unit of force equal to the mass of 1 pound avoirdupois where the acceleration of free fall is 32.174 feet per second per second lbf
5.

6.
(the standard monetary unit of the following countries)

7.
another name for lira (sense 2)
8.
Also called pound Scots. a former Scottish monetary unit originally worth an English pound but later declining in value to 1 shilling 8 pence
9.
Also called punt. the former standard monetary unit of the Republic of Ireland, divided into 100 pence; replaced by the euro in 2002
10.
a former monetary unit of the Sudan replaced by the dinar in 1992
/paʊnd/
noun
1.
Ezra (Loomis). 1885–1972, US poet, translator, and critic, living in Europe. Indicted for treason by the US government (1945) for pro-Fascist broadcasts during World War II, he was committed to a mental hospital until 1958. He was a founder of imagism and championed the early work of such writers as T. S. Eliot, Joyce, and Hemingway. His life work, the Cantos (1925–70), is an unfinished sequence of poems, which incorporates mythological and historical materials in several languages as well as political, economic, and autobiographical elements
n.

measure of weight, Old English pund “pound” (in weight or money), also “pint,” from West Germanic *punda- “pound” as a measure of weight (cf. Gothic pund, Old High German phunt, German Pfund, Middle Dutch pont, Old Frisian and Old Norse pund), early borrowing from Latin pondo “pound,” originally in libra pondo “a pound by weight,” from pondo (adv.) “by weight,” ablative of *pondus “weight” (see span (v.)). Meaning “unit of money” was in Old English, originally “pound of silver.”

At first “12 ounces;” meaning “16 ounces” was established before late 14c. Pound cake (1747) so called because it has a pound, more or less, of each ingredient. Pound of flesh is from “Merchant of Venice” IV.i. The abbreviations lb., £ are from libra, and reflect the medieval custom of keeping accounts in Latin.

“enclosed place for animals,” late 14c., from late Old English word surviving in compounds (e.g. pundfald “penfold, pound”), related to pyndan “to dam up, enclose (water),” and thus from the same root as pond. Ultimate origin unknown; some sources indicate a possible root *bend meaning “protruding point” found only in Celtic and Germanic.
v.

“hit repeatedly,” from Middle English pounen, from Old English punian “crush, pulverize, beat, bruise,” from West Germanic *puno- (cf. Low German pun, Dutch puin “fragments”). With intrusive -d- from 16c. Sense of “beat, thrash” is from 1790. Related: Pounded; pounding.

pound (pound)
n.

pound
(pound)
A unit of weight in the US Customary System equal to 16 ounces (0.45 kilograms). See Table at measurement. See Note at weight.

verb

(1.) A weight. Heb. maneh, equal to 100 shekels (1 Kings 10:17; Ezra 2:69; Neh. 7:71, 72). Gr. litra, equal to about 12 oz. avoirdupois (John 12:3; 19:39). (2.) A sum of money; the Gr. mna or mina (Luke 19:13, 16, 18, 20, 24, 25). It was equal to 100 drachmas, and was of the value of about $3, 6s. 8d. of our money. (See MONEY.)

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