• WordNet 3.6
    • v pool join or form a pool of people
    • v pool combine into a common fund "We pooled resources"
    • n pool any of various games played on a pool table having 6 pockets
    • n pool an excavation that is (usually) filled with water
    • n pool an association of companies for some definite purpose
    • n pool 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"
    • n pool something resembling a pool of liquid "he stood in a pool of light","his chair sat in a puddle of books and magazines"
    • n pool a small lake "the pond was too small for sailing"
    • n pool 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"
    • n pool the combined stakes of the betters
    • n pool any communal combination of funds "everyone contributed to the pool"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Hunting With the Boomerang and Fishing With The Double Harpoon in a Marsh Or Pool Hunting With the Boomerang and Fishing With The Double Harpoon in a Marsh Or Pool
Makoma leaps into the pool of crocodiles Makoma leaps into the pool of crocodiles
St. George Saw the Head of the Dragon Lifted from the Pool St. George Saw the Head of the Dragon Lifted from the Pool

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is enough water in American swimming pools to cover the whole city of San Francisco seven feet deep
    • Pool 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.
    • Pool 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. "He plays pool at the billiard houses."
    • Pool (Railroads) A mutual arrangement between competing lines, by which the receipts of all are aggregated, and then distributed pro rata according to agreement.
    • Pool 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. "Charity will hardly water the ground where it must first fill a pool .""The sleepy pool above the dam."
    • Pool A small body of standing or stagnant water; a puddle. "The filthy mantled pool beyond your cell."
    • Pool (Law) An aggregation of properties or rights, belonging to different people in a community, in a common fund, to be charged with common liabilities.
    • Pool Any gambling or commercial venture in which several persons join.
    • Pool 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.
    • Pool 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.
    • v. i Pool To combine or contribute with others, as for a commercial, speculative, or gambling transaction.
    • v. t Pool To put together; to 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are over 1,000,000 swimming pools in Florida, eventhough the ocean is no farther than 80 miles away
    • n pool A small body of standing water; a small pond.
    • n pool A part of a small stream where the bed suddenly deepens and broadens, forming a relatively still, deep, and wide stretch of water.
    • n pool In Pennsylvania, on some of the rivers of the mining regions, a stretch of water lying between two river-dams.
    • n pool Hence— The country adjacent to such pools.
    • n pool A measure of work in slating, or covering houses with slate, equal to 168 square feet in all, or to 84 square feet on each side of the roof.
    • n pool In decorative art, a rounded depression, small and short in comparison with its width. Compare fluting.
    • n pool The stakes in certain games of cards, billiards, etc.
    • n pool A game played on a billiard-table with six pockets by two or more persons. In the United States, a game played with fifteen balls, each ball numbered and counting from one to fifteen. The object of each player is to pocket the balls, the number on each ball being placed to his credit. Also called pyramid pool.
    • n pool In horse-racing, ball-games, etc., the combination of a number of persons, each staking a sum of money on the success of a horse in a race, a contestant in a game, etc., the money to be divided among the successful betters according to the amount put in by each; also, the money so staked.
    • n pool In rifle-shooting, firing for prizes on the principle that every competitor pays a certain sum for every shot, and the proceeds after a certain deduction are divided among the successful competitors.
    • n pool A set of players, as at the game of quadrille or comet; also, one of the counters used in such games.
    • n pool A combination intended by concert of action to make or control changes in market rates. More specifically— A joint adventure by several owners of a specified stock or other security temporarily subjecting all their holdings to the same control for the purposes of a speculative operation, in which any sacrifice of the shares contributed by one, and any profit on the shares contributed by another, shall be shared by all alike.
    • pool To put into one common fund or stock for the purpose of dividing or redistributing in certain proportions; make into a common fund: as, to pool interests.
    • pool To form a pool; make common cause in some matter.
    • n pool A Middle English form of pole.
    • pool In quarrying, to make a hole in (rock) for inserting a wedge; also, to undermine (coal) to cause (it) to fall.
    • pool To form pools, as water; stagnate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Crocodiles never outgrow the pool in which they live
    • n Pool pōōl a small body of water: a deep part of a stream of water
    • n Pool pōōl the receptacle for the stakes in certain games: the stakes themselves: a set of players at quadrille, &c.: a game played on a billiard-table with six pockets by two or more persons
    • v.t Pool to put into a common fund for redistribution
    • v.i Pool to form a pool
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  • Luther Lassiter
    Luther Lassiter
    “I watch a man shoot pool for an hour. If he misses more than one shot I know I can beat him.”
  • Grant M. Bright
    Grant M. Bright
    “How long after you are gone will ripples remain as evidence that you were cast into the pool of life?”
  • Ovid
    “Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.”
  • John L. Mason
    John L. Mason
    “Happiness consists in activity -- it is a running stream, not a stagnant pool.”
  • Robert Browning
    “Oh the wild joys of living! The leaping from rock to rock ... the cool silver shock of the plunge in a pool's living waters.”
  • Sigmund Freud
    “The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. pōl,; akin to LG. pool, pohl, D. poel, G. pfuhl,; cf. Icel. pollr, also W. pwll, Gael. poll,


In literature:

Past the hotel where they stood, the highway ran, gleaming now with pools of water.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
A pool of bright red widened rapidly on the flat paving stones.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
A telegram was sent to the Poole family, and the next day came a reply that some men would come to take Wilbur Poole away to a sanitarium.
"Dave Porter and the Runaways" by Edward Stratemeyer
In fact, it was said that the few large firms pooled the best jobs and combined to keep off outsiders.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
When, however, the stars appeared, she swam wearily from pool to pool, calling, calling, calling.
"Creatures of the Night" by Alfred W. Rees
Near one side of the pool floated an odd-looking black object.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
She sank in it to her shoe-tops, and stumbled into pools knee-deep, and Peter wallowed in it to his belly.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
They'd as good as given it up when we came to the pool and stood there like hunting men that have lost all hope.
"The House Under the Sea" by Sir Max Pemberton
We were standing at one side of the pool, near the center.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
The small streams I crossed had many deep pools where trout were collecting for the winter.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills

In poetry:

But though the pool is safe from storm
And from the tide has found surcease,
It grows more bitter than the sea,
For all its peace.
"After Love" by Sara Teasdale
The silence of the silvery pool,
Autumn's reserve and Summer's fire,
Slow vanishings of Winter's rule
To free full voice of April's choir;-
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
We told o'er all that we had done,—-
Our rambles by the swift brook's side
Far as the willow-skirted pool,
Where two fair swans together glide.
"The Mother's Return" by William Wordsworth
They dreamed the shimmer and the shade,
And sought in pools for haunted faces:
Nor heard again the cannonade
In dreams from earth's old battle-places.
"The Dreamers" by William Wilfred Campbell
All just the same as you stood that day,
When the wind was low and cool,
With your feet on the wild-flowers where they lay,
And your shadow in the pool.
"The Pool" by Alexander Anderson
The lave that were wi' him they talkit an' lauch'd
In a' their youth an' glee,
Till they cam' to the brig ow'r the dookin' pool,
By the lang, braid rowan tree.
"Daft Ailie" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

A day after setting a new standard in the pool, Rebecca Soni topped herself.
Katy Batdorff MLive.com Angela Roossien, 25, smiles as she gets used to the water in the deep end of the pool at MVP in Rockford Thursday.
Her best friend playfully pushed her into a swimming pool.
Lynnwood's renovated public pool is full to the brim .
She was found dead face down in a pool of blood, according to police.
Charles Dharapak, WPA Pool/Getty Images.
NKSD won't budge on community pool deadline — yet.
POULSBO — The Community Pool Advisory Committee (CPAC) has made a big splash toward keeping the pool open.
Authorities in northwestern Arizona say an infant has drowned in a backyard pool in Bullhead City.
Paramedics were called to a residence Sunday night after police say 20-month-old Dakota Sanders fell into a pool while adults were inside a home at a family party.
Bunker Hill home showcases a pool, putting green.
'Dark Pool' and SEC Settle.
Northridge pool todebut at open house Community members will have their first chance to see Northridge High School's new pool Sunday.
A mom's trip to the pool took a bizarre turn when her body piercing got snagged in a pool drain .
The Pool Doctor LLC / Elite Pools.

In science:

But then when we apply these rules, we may be led to counterintuitive results [Reiter and Criscuolo, 1981, Lukaszewicz, 1988, Poole, 1989].
Evaluating Defaults
There are many theoretical directions in which this work can be taken, however, the greatest pool of problems are those that relate to physicallymotivated models.
Coarse graining and control theory model reduction
Several telescopes may lie in the light pool generated by an EAS.
An Overview of The VERITAS Prototype Telescope And Camera
An important aspect of the FLS was that it was also augmented by a large pool of ancillary data.
Spectroscopic Survey of 1.4 GHz and 24 Micron Sources in the Spitzer First Look Survey with WIYN/Hydra
Rods pool together in the bipolar cell enabling detection of dim light.
Quantum Mechanical Basis of Vision