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definition of the word pound

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From Old English pund, from Proto-Germanic *punda-, an early borrowing from Latin pondō in lībra pondō ‘a pound by weight’ (a misinterpretation: pondō is the adverb meaning ‘by weight’, originally an ablative form of pondus). Cognate with Dutch pond, German Pfund, Swedish pund.

Singular
pound

Plural
pounds

pound (plural pounds)

  1. Short for pound-force, a unit of force/weight.
  2. A unit of mass equal to 16 avoirdupois ounces (= 453.592 37 g) or 12 troy ounces (≈ 373.242 g). Its symbol is lb.
  3. (US) The symbol # (octothorpe, hash)
  4. A unit of currency used in Cyprus; Egypt; Lebanon; the United Kingdom and its dependencies; and formerly in the Republic of Ireland (which now uses the euro) and Israel (which now uses the sheqel). Its symbol is £.

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