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Topic: MOTOR VEHICLES

Sense: 1-2, 5-6
Origin: Old English pund, from Latin pondo
Sense: 3-4
Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Perhaps from Old English pund-, found only in compound words

pound

1 noun
     
pound1 S1 W2
1

weight

[countable] written abbreviation lbTM a unit for measuring weight, equal to 16 ounces or 0.454 kilograms
pound of
a pound of apples
Moira weighs about 130 pounds.
The grapes cost $2 a pound.
2

money

also pound sterling [countable]
a) PEC £ the standard unit of money in Britain, which is divided into 100 pence:
They spent over a thousand pounds.
a multi-million pound business
a five pound note
b)

the (British) pound

PEC the value of British money compared with the value of the money of other countries:
The pound was up against the dollar.
c) PEC the standard unit of money in various other countries, such as Egypt and the Sudan
3

for dogs and cats

[countable usually singular]TTCHBP a place where dogs and cats that have been found on the street are kept until their owners come to get them
4

for cars

[countable]TTCHBP a place where cars that have been illegally parked are kept until their owners pay money to get them back
5

get/take/demand etc your pound of flesh

to get the full amount of work, money etc that someone owes you, even though it makes them suffer and you do not really need it
6

telephone

[uncountable] American English the pound key
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