- 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
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- a small body of standing water;
a small pond.
- any small collection of liquid on a surface;
puddle:a pool of blood.
- a large, artificial basin filled with water for swimming:a large pool in their backyard.
- to (cause to) form a pool (in): [no object]The blood pooled in the area of the wound.[~ + object]pooling the blood in one region of the body.
pool2 /pul/USA pronunciation n.
- Games a game played on a pool table with a cue ball and 15 other balls that are driven into pockets with a long stick:[uncountable]friendly games of pool.
- the total amount bet, as on a race.
- a combination of resources, etc., dedicated to some common purpose.
- the combined resources:a pool of over $500.
- a facility shared by a group of people:a car pool.
- the people involved in providing such a service.
v. [~ + object]
- to put (resources, etc.) into a common fund, as for a business:pooled their resources for the venture.
- a small body of standing water;
- a still, deep place in a stream.
- any small collection of liquid on a surface:a pool of blood.
- a puddle.
- See swimming pool.
- Geology, Rocksa subterranean accumulation of oil or gas held in porous and permeable sedimentary rock(reservoir).
- to form a pool.
- Physiology(of blood) to accumulate in a body part or organ.
- to cause pools to form in.
- Pathologyto cause (blood) to form pools.
- of or for a pool:pool filters.
- taking place or occurring around or near a pool:a pool party.
- bef. 900; Middle English; Old English pōl; cognate with Dutch poel, German Pfuhl
pool2 (po̅o̅l),USA pronunciation n.
- Also called pocket billiards. any of various games played on a pool table 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.
- [Brit.]a billiard game.
- [Fencing.]a match in which each teammate successively plays against each member of the opposing team.
- 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.
- to enter into or form a pool.
- of or belonging to a pool:a pool typist; a pool reporter.
- French poule stakes, literally, hen. See pullet
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged corner, monopoly.
- 13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged combine, merge, consolidate.
- any communal combination of resources, funds, etc: a typing pool
- the combined stakes of the betters in many gambling sports or games; kitty
- 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
- chiefly US a joint fund organized by security-holders for speculative or manipulative purposes on financial markets
- 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
- to organize a pool of (enterprises)