Meaning of POOL in English

POOL

/ puːl; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

FOR SWIMMING

1.

[ C ] = swimming pool :

Does the hotel have a pool?

relaxing by the pool

—see also plunge pool

OF WATER

2.

[ C ] a small area of still water, especially one that has formed naturally :

freshwater pools

a rock pool (= between rocks by the sea)

OF LIQUID / LIGHT

3.

[ C ] pool (of sth) a small amount of liquid or light lying on a surface :

The body was lying in a pool of blood.

a pool of light

GROUP OF THINGS / PEOPLE

4.

[ C ] pool (of sth) a supply of things or money that is shared by a group of people and can be used when needed :

a pool of cars used by the firm's sales force

a pool car

5.

[ C ] pool (of sth) a group of people available for work when needed :

a pool of cheap labour

GAME

6.

[ U ] a game for two people played with 16 coloured balls on a table, often in pubs and bars. Players use cues (= long sticks) to try to hit the balls into pockets at the edge of the table :

a pool table

to shoot (= play) pool

—compare billiards , snooker

FOOTBALL

7.

the pools [ pl. ] = football pools :

He does the pools every week.

a pools winner

—see also gene pool

■ verb

[ vn ] to collect money, information, etc. from different people so that it can be used by all of them :

The students work individually, then pool their ideas in groups of six.

Police forces across the country are pooling resources in order to solve this crime.

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WORD ORIGIN

noun senses 1 to 3 Old English pōl , of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch poel and German Pfuhl .

noun senses 4 to 7 and verb late 17th cent. (originally denoting a game of cards having a pool): from French poule in the sense stake, kitty, associated with pool small area of liquid .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.