—n. 1. a container of earthenware, metal, etc., usually round and deep and having a handle or handles and often a lid, used for cooking, serving, and other purposes.
2. such a container with its contents: a pot of stew. 3. the amount contained in or held by a pot; potful.
4. a flowerpot.
5. a container of liquor or other drink: a pot of ale. 6. liquor or other drink.
7. a cagelike vessel for trapping fish, lobsters, eels, etc., typically made of wood, wicker, or wire. Cf. lobster pot. 8. a chamber pot.
9. Metall. a. a vessel for melting metal; melting pot.
b. an electrolytic cell for reducing certain metals, as aluminum, from fused salts.
10. Brit. a. See chimney pot. b. Dial.a basket or box used for carrying provisions or the like; a pannier.
11. Slang.a large sum of money.
12. all the money bet at a single time; pool.
13. Brit. Slang.(in horse racing) the favorite.
14. See pot shot. 15. a liquid measure, usually equal to a pint or quart.
16. Armor. a. an open, broad-brimmed helmet of the 17th century.
b. any open helmet.
17. Slang.a potbelly.
18. go to pot, to become ruined; deteriorate: With no one to care for it, the lovely old garden went to pot. 19. sweeten the pot. See sweeten (def. 8).
—v.t. 1. to put into a pot.
2. to preserve (food) in a pot.
3. to cook in a pot.
4. to transplant into a pot: We must pot the petunias. 5. Hunting. a. to shoot (game birds) on the ground or water, or (game animals) at rest, instead of in flight or running: He can't even pot a sitting duck. b. to shoot for food, not for sport.
6. Informal.to capture, secure, or win.