a small body of standing water; pond.
a still, deep place in a stream.
any small collection of liquid on a surface:
a pool of blood.
a subterranean accumulation of oil or gas held in porous and permeable sedimentary rock (reservoir)
verb (used without object)
to form a pool.
(of blood) to accumulate in a body part or organ.
verb (used with object)
to cause pools to form in.
to cause (blood) to form pools.
of or for a pool:
taking place or occurring around or near a pool:
a pool party.
Also called pocket billiards. any of various games played on a with a cue ball and 15 other balls that are usually numbered, in which the object is to drive all the balls into the pockets with the cue ball.
the total amount staked by a combination of bettors, as on a race, to be awarded to the successful bettor or bettors.
the combination of such bettors.
an association of competitors who agree to control the production, market, and price of a commodity for mutual benefit, although they appear to be rivals.
Finance. a combination of persons or organizations for the purpose of manipulating the prices of securities.
a combination of resources, funds, etc., for common advantage.
the combined interests or funds.
a facility, resource, or service that is shared by a group of people:
a car pool; a typing pool.
the persons or parties involved.
the stakes in certain games.
British. a billiard game.
Fencing. a match in which each teammate successively plays against each member of the opposing team.
verb (used with object)
to put (resources, money, etc.) into a pool, or common stock or fund, as for a financial venture, according to agreement.
to form a pool of.
to make a common interest of.
verb (used without object)
to enter into or form a pool.
of or belonging to a pool:
a pool typist; a pool reporter.
a small body of still water, usually fresh; small pond
a small isolated collection of liquid spilt or poured on a surface; puddle: a pool of blood
a deep part of a stream or river where the water runs very slowly
an underground accumulation of oil or gas, usually forming a reservoir in porous sedimentary rock
See swimming pool
any communal combination of resources, funds, etc: a typing pool
the combined stakes of the betters in many gambling sports or games; kitty
(commerce) a group of producers who conspire to establish and maintain output levels and high prices, each member of the group being allocated a maximum quota; price ring
(finance, mainly US)
any of various billiard games in which the object is to pot all the balls with the cue ball, esp that played with 15 coloured and numbered balls; pocket billiards
to combine (investments, money, interests, etc) into a common fund, as for a joint enterprise
(commerce) to organize a pool of (enterprises)
(Austral, informal) to inform on or incriminate (someone)
“small body of water,” Old English pol “small body of water; deep, still place in a river,” from West Germanic *pol- (cf. Old Frisian and Middle Low German pol, Dutch poel, Old High German pfuol, German Pfuhl). As a short form of swimming pool it is recorded from 1901. Pool party is from 1965.
game similar to billiards, 1848, originally (1690s) a card game played for collective stakes (a “pool”), from French poule “stakes, booty, plunder,” literally “hen,” from Old French poille “hen, young fowl” (see foal (n.)).
Perhaps the original notion is from jeu de la poule, supposedly a game in which people threw things at a chicken and the player who hit it, won it, which speaks volumes about life in the Middle Ages. The notion behind the word, then, is “playing for money.” The connection of “hen” and “stakes” is also present in Spanish polla and Walloon paie.
Meaning “collective stakes” in betting first recorded 1869; sense of “common reservoir of resources” is from 1917. Meaning “group of persons who share duties or skills” is from 1928. From 1933 as short for football pool in wagering. Pool shark is from 1898. The phrase dirty pool “underhanded or unsportsmanlike conduct,” especially in politics (1951), seems to belong here now, but the phrase dirty pool of politics, with an image of pool (n.1) is recorded from 1871 and was in use early 20c.
“to make a common interest, put things into a pool,” 1871, from pool (n.2). Related: Pooled; pooling.
of liquid, “to form a pool or pools,” 1620s, from pool (n.1).
A collection of blood in any region of the body due to dilation and retardation of the circulation in capillaries and veins.
dirty pool, pocket pool
a pond, or reservoir, for holding water (Heb. berekhah; modern Arabic, birket), an artificial cistern or tank. Mention is made of the pool of Gibeon (2 Sam. 2:13); the pool of Hebron (4:12); the upper pool at Jerusalem (2 Kings 18:17; 20:20); the pool of Samaria (1 Kings 22:38); the king’s pool (Neh. 2:14); the pool of Siloah (Neh. 3:15; Eccles. 2:6); the fishpools of Heshbon (Cant. 7:4); the “lower pool,” and the “old pool” (Isa. 22:9,11). The “pool of Bethesda” (John 5:2,4, 7) and the “pool of Siloam” (John 9:7, 11) are also mentioned. Isaiah (35:7) says, “The parched ground shall become a pool.” This is rendered in the Revised Version “glowing sand,” etc. (marg., “the mirage,” etc.). The Arabs call the mirage “serab,” plainly the same as the Hebrew word _sarab_, here rendered “parched ground.” “The mirage shall become a pool”, i.e., the mock-lake of the burning desert shall become a real lake, “the pledge of refreshment and joy.” The “pools” spoken of in Isa. 14:23 are the marshes caused by the ruin of the canals of the Euphrates in the neighbourhood of Babylon. The cisterns or pools of the Holy City are for the most part excavations beneath the surface. Such are the vast cisterns in the temple hill that have recently been discovered by the engineers of the Palestine Exploration Fund. These underground caverns are about thirty-five in number, and are capable of storing about ten million gallons of water. They are connected with one another by passages and tunnels.
- Pooled serum
pooled serum n. Serum obtained from a number of individuals and mixed together. Also called pooled blood serum.
noun 1. (def 1).
[pool] /pul/ noun 1. Also called pocket billiards. any of various games played on a with a cue ball and 15 other balls that are usually numbered, in which the object is to drive all the balls into the pockets with the cue ball. 2. the total amount staked by a combination of bettors, as […]
One of the POOL languages. [“A Parallel Object-Oriented Language with Inheritance and Subtyping”, P. America et al, SIGPLAN Notices 25(10):161-168 (OOPSLA/ECOOP ’90) (Oct 1990)]. (1995-02-07)