|Origin:||Old English pol|
|Origin:||poule 'hen'; perhaps because a chicken was the target or prize in a game|
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a hole or container that has been specially made and filled with water so that people can swim or play in it [= swimming pool]:
They have a nice pool in their backyard.
a shallow pool suitable for children
a small area of still water in a hollow place:
area of water[countable]
pools of water with tiny fish in them
Mosquitoes breed in stagnant pools of water.
a small area of liquid or light on a surface:
A guard found him lying in a pool of blood.
a pool of light formed by the street lamp above
a game in which you use a stick to hit numbered balls into holes around a table, which is often played in bars
We went to the pub and played pool.
a group of people who are available to work or to do an activity when they are needed
group of people[countable]
a pool of talented applicants to choose from
The region has a large and talented labour pool.
a number of things or an amount of money that is shared by a group of people:
shared money/things[countable usually singular]
Both partners put money into a common pool.
a system in Britain in which people try to win money each week by guessing the results of football games:
I do the pools sometimes.
Dad won £40 on the pools.
a game in which people try to win money by guessing the result of a sports game, or the money that is collected from these people for this:
sports[countable] American English
the office basketball pool