Meaning of POOL in English


I. ˈpül noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English pōl; akin to Old High German pfuol pool

Date: before 12th century



(1) : a small and rather deep body of usually fresh water

(2) : a quiet place in a stream

(3) : a body of water forming above a dam

b. : something resembling a pool

a pool of light

2. : a small body of standing liquid

3. : a continuous area of porous sedimentary rock that yields petroleum or gas

4. : swimming pool

II. intransitive verb

Date: 1626

1. : to form a pool

2. of blood : to accumulate or become static (as in the veins of a bodily part)

III. noun

Etymology: French poule, literally, hen, from Old French, feminine of poul cock — more at pullet

Date: 1708


a. : an aggregate stake to which each player of a game has contributed

b. : all the money bet by a number of persons on a particular event


a. : a game played on an English billiard table in which each of the players stakes a sum and the winner takes all

b. : any of various games of billiards played on an oblong table having 6 pockets with usually 15 object balls

3. : an aggregation of the interests or property of different persons made to further a joint undertaking by subjecting them to the same control and a common liability

4. : a readily available supply: as

a. : the whole quantity of a particular material present in the body and available for function or the satisfying of metabolic demands

b. : a body product (as blood) collected from many donors and stored for later use

c. : a group of people available for some purpose

a shrinking pool of applicants

typing pool

5. : gene pool

6. : a group of journalists from usually several news organizations using pooled resources (as television equipment) to produce shared coverage especially of events to which access is restricted

IV. transitive verb

Date: 1879

: to combine (as resources) in a common pool or effort

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.