Pronunciation: (pOOl),[key] —n. 1. a small body of standing water; pond.
2. a still, deep place in a stream.
3. any small collection of liquid on a surface: a pool of blood. 4. a puddle.
5. See swimming pool. 6. a subterranean accumulation of oil or gas held in porous and permeable sedimentary rock (reservoir).
—v.i. 1. to form a pool.
2. (of blood) to accumulate in a body part or organ.
—v.t. 1. to cause pools to form in.
2. to cause (blood) to form pools.
—adj. 1. of or for a pool: pool filters. 2. taking place or occurring around or near a pool: a pool party.
Pronunciation: (pOOl),[key] —n. 1. Also calledpocket billiards. any of various games played on a pool table with a cue ball and 15 other balls that are usually numbered, in which the object is to drive all the balls into the pockets with the cue ball.
2. the total amount staked by a combination of bettors, as on a race, to be awarded to the successful bettor or bettors.
3. the combination of such bettors.
4. an association of competitors who agree to control the production, market, and price of a commodity for mutual benefit, although they appear to be rivals.
5. Finance.a combination of persons or organizations for the purpose of manipulating the prices of securities.
6. a combination of resources, funds, etc., for common advantage.
7. the combined interests or funds.
8. a facility, resource, or service that is shared by a group of people: a car pool; a typing pool. 9. the persons or parties involved.
10. the stakes in certain games.
11. Brit.a billiard game.
12. Fencing.a match in which each teammate successively plays against each member of the opposing team.
—v.t. 1. to put (resources, money, etc.) into a pool, or common stock or fund, as for a financial venture, according to agreement.
2. to form a pool of.
3. to make a common interest of.
—v.i. to enter into or form a pool.
—adj. of or belonging to a pool: a pool typist; a pool reporter.