• WordNet 3.6
    • n pounder a heavy tool of stone or iron (usually with a flat base and a handle) that is used to grind and mix material (as grain or drugs or pigments) against a slab of stone
    • n pounder (used only in combination) something weighing a given number of pounds "the fisherman caught a 10-pounder","their linemen are all 300-pounders"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pounder A person or thing, so called with reference to a certain number of pounds in value, weight, capacity, etc.; as, a cannon carrying a twelve-pound ball is called a twelve pounder .
    • Pounder An instrument used for pounding; a pestle.
    • Pounder One who, or that which, pounds, as a stamp in an ore mill.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pounder A thing or person weighing a specified number of pounds: only in composition, with a numeral; specifically, of artillery, a gun that discharges a missile of the specified weight: thus, a 64-pounder is a cannon firing balls weighing each 64 pounds.
    • n pounder A person who promises or pays a specified number of pounds sterling.
    • n pounder Before the passing of the Reform Act of 1867 the term ten-pounders was applied in Great Britain to those paying the lowest amount of yearly rent (£10) entitling them to vote in parliamentary elections in cities and boroughs.
    • n pounder A kind of pear, supposed to weigh a pound.
    • n pounder A pound-keeper.
    • n pounder One who pounds.
    • n pounder An instrument for pounding.
    • n pounder A pestle.
    • n pounder The beater of a fulling-mill.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pounder he who has, or that which weighs, many pounds—used only after a number, as a 12-pounder
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. pund—L. pondo, by weight, pondus, a weight—pendĕre, to weigh.


In literature:

A stockade was built, and two six-pounders placed in position.
"On the Irrawaddy" by G. A. Henty
Now the boys were able to see the use to which these great big pounders, hewn out of the young birch trees, were put.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
I caught a forty-pounder last time I tried, and a big fight too.
"Glyn Severn's Schooldays" by George Manville Fenn
Now then, it's a twenty-five pounder, isn't it?
"Three Boys" by George Manville Fenn
The schooner was furnished with four carronades and two long six-pounders.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
The doctor continued to fire at intervals one of the six-pounder guns on deck, but no signal was heard in return.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
The fort was found to contain eight brass guns, twenty-four and twelve-pounders, with a considerable garrison.
"Ben Burton" by W. H. G. Kingston
I tell you it was exciting to hook a five or six pounder and have him make off with a lurch.
"Captain Mugford" by W.H.G. Kingston
Not only, however, did our men get up there, but they carried several eighteen-pounders with them.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
A shot from our six-pounder quickly sent them paddling away up the stream.
"Twice Lost" by W.H.G. Kingston
Batteries we laughed at, and either silenced them with our long eighteen-pounders, or landed and blew them up.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
They call him, though a man of diminutive stature, the `forty-two pounder.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
The puff that burst from Mr Kennedy's lips on hearing this would have done credit to a thirty-six pounder.
"The Young Fur Traders" by R.M. Ballantyne
Run in six of the guns, and throw a tarpaulin over the eighteen pounder.
"Held Fast For England" by G. A. Henty
The firing now became brisk on our side, and the rebels replied spiritedly with their twelve-pounders.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
The six-pounder beside her worked as steadily.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
The company left Lexington for the seat of war May 10, 1861, with two small, brass six-pounders obtained at the Virginia Military Institute.
"The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson" by Edward A. Moore
Then Portland took my rod, and caught some ten-pounders, and my spoon was carried away by an unknown leviathan.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7" by Charles H. Sylvester
About the same time frigates of 880 tons, to carry 36 guns, 18 and 9-pounders, were built.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
There was work with them for Hope's musketeers and Donald Ward's two brass six-pounders.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham

In poetry:

Way up in the cornfield,
Whar you hear de tunder,
Dat is our ole forty-pounder gun;
When the shells are missin',
Den we load wid punkins,
All de same to make the cowards run.
"Babylon Is Fallen!" by Henry Clay Work
Over the bright blue sea
Comes Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B.,
Wherever he may go
Bang-bang the loud nine-pounders go!
Shout o'er the bright blue sea
For Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B.
"HMS Pinafore: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Listening ears afar had heard;
Ready hands to quarters sprung
The Albemarle awoke and stirred,
And her howitzers gave tongue;
Till the river and the shore echoed back the mighty roar,
When the portals of her hundred-pounders swung.
"Albemarle Cushing" by James Jeffrey Roche

In news:

Cherry Hill West returns an experienced group of wrestlers, led by 126-pounder Tyler Brake, 152-pounder Mike Marini and 132-pounder Mark Papeneri.
Over the weekend, led by 145 pounder Lamar Gimmeson's finals appearance, Bountiful had a major impact at the annual Layton Invitational Tournament, held at Layton High School.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder ran for 2,196 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior.
Benji Yates, a 113-pounder, and Scott Augustine (285 pounds) led the Trojans (2-0), pinning their respective opponents less than a minute into their matches.
Anacortes angler lands 15-plus pounder, snags Resurrection Derby 's early lead.
One, by some accounts, the only real favorite among Sooners may have been top-ranked 141-pounder Kendric Maple.
Heavyweight Jason Artrip and 103-pounder Scott Spreng.
The trout range from foot-long fish to 4-pounders.
Will knowing that a sausage biscuit with egg has 510 calories, or that a Quarter Pounder with cheese has 520 calories, help curb obesity.
1-ranked 113-pounder Trevor Schultz and No.
Hawkins, a 6-foot-5, 320-pounder from Northwest (Miss.
Keaton Subjeck state's fifth-best 160-pounder.
The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder is a graduate of Malvern Prep.
Turner, Pounder join ' Mortal Instruments'.
(Pounder plays the nun who arranges the adoption.