poundpound1 /paʊnd/ ●●●S1W2 noun1weight [countable] (written abbreviation lb)TM a unit for measuringweight, equal to 16ounces or 0.454 kilogramspound ofa pound of applesMoira weighs about 130 pounds.The grapes cost $2 a pound.2money [countable] (also pound sterling)a)PEC £ the standard unit of money in Britain, which is divided into 100 penceThey spent over a thousand pounds.a multi-million pound businessa five pound noteb)the (British) poundPEC the value of British money compared with the value of the money of other countriesThe pound was up against the dollar.c)PECthe standard unit of money in various other countries, such as Egypt and the Sudan3for 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 them4for cars [countable]TTCHBP a place where cars that have been illegally parked are kept until their owners pay money to get them back5 →get/take/demand etc your pound of flesh6telephone [uncountable] American English the poundkey
poundpound2 ●○○ verb1hit [intransitive, transitive]HIT to hit something very hard several times and make a lot of noise, damage it, break it into smaller pieces etcHe began pounding the keyboard of his computer.pound against/onThomas pounded on the door with his fist.Waves pounded against the pier.pound something against/on somethingGreen pounded his fist on the counter.► see thesaurus at hit2heart [intransitive]HBH if your heart or blood is pounding, your heart is beating very hard and quicklypound withPatrick rushed to the door, his heart pounding with excitement.She ran, her heart pounding in her chest.3head [intransitive] if your head is pounding, it feels painful, especially because you have a headache or you have been using a lot of effort4move [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]RUN to walk or run quickly with heavyloudstepspound along/through/down etcI could hear him pounding up the stairs.a policeman pounding his beatRunners will be pounding the pavement this weekend during the London Marathon.5attack with bombs [transitive]PMWATTACK to attack a place continuously for a long time with bombsEnemy forces have been pounding the city for over two months. →pound something ↔ out→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
pound• He pounded along the street and round two corners, losing his way.• Her heart was pounding, and she felt sick.• Jessica felt her heart pounding but forced herself to remaincalm.• Here the looseearth had been poundedflat by thousands of feet.• Before this defeat, their lowest point was a 25-10 pounding from San Diego on Oct. 5.• A sweeping attack peaked when Greenwood played a one-two with Healey before pounding in for his hat-trick.• He pounded some garlic and ginger and put it in the pan.• Armycannons continued to pound the city from the hillsides.pound against/on• Bill jumped up, pounding on his desk in anger.• As the musicpounded on, I pulled Emily this way and that across the baked earth.• The Government have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds onimaginativeadvertising for selling off the country's nationalisedindustries.• He gasped, he wailed, he threw himself against the bottom of the door and pounded on it.• She pounded on the door, shouted at the top of her voice, and yelledthreats at Julius.• He is on the porch already, pounding on the door.• He pounded on the storm door, and waited.pound along/through/down etc• Last week the PrimeMinister made it clear there would be no attempt to massage the pound down.• Clinton said as rainpounded down at the air base, where he landed.• Then they set off at a run, Jim and Louise leading the way, Jube pounding alongbehind them.• He pounded down in me a few dozen times, quickly.• The sweat of moving packs of eighty pounds through the crush of bewildered, nervous men.• He and Kemp pound down the stairway, exchanging words.• He pounded along the street and round two corners, losing his way.• Getting the pound down was what Labour governments did with metronomic regularity.From Longman Business Dictionarypoundpound /paʊnd/ noun [countable]1written abbreviation £ the standard unit of currency in Britain, which is divided into 100 pencea twenty-pound notea shortfall of millions of pounds2the (British) pound the value of the British currency compared with that of other countriesThe pound climbed strongly against the dollar. →grey pound →pink pound3the unit of currency in a number of countries, including Cyprus and Egypt4written abbreviation lb a unit of weight equal to 16 OUNCEs or 0.454 KILOGRAMsApple prices averaged 24.9 cents a pound.