Definition of pound verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//paʊnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//paʊnd//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pound
    BrE BrE//paʊnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//paʊnd//
    he / she / it pounds
    BrE BrE//paʊndz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//paʊndz//
    past simple pounded
    BrE BrE//ˈpaʊndɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaʊndɪd//
    past participle pounded
    BrE BrE//ˈpaʊndɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaʊndɪd//
    -ing form pounding
    BrE BrE//ˈpaʊndɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaʊndɪŋ//
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to hit something/somebody hard many times, especially in a way that makes a lot of noise synonym hammer pound at/against/on something Heavy rain pounded on the roof. All she could hear was the sound of waves pounding against the cliffs. Someone was pounding at the door. pound away (at/against/on something) The factory's machinery pounded away day and night. pound somebody/something (with something) She pounded him with her fists. Synonymsbeatbatter pound lash hammerThese words all mean to hit somebody/​something many times, especially hard.beat to hit somebody/​something a lot of times, especially very hard:Someone was beating at the door. A young man was found beaten to death last night. At that time, children were often beaten for quite minor offences (= as a punishment).batter to hit somebody/​something hard a lot of times, especially in way that causes serious injury or damage:He had been badly battered around the head and face. Severe winds have been battering the coast.pound to hit somebody/​something hard a lot of times, especially in a way that makes a lot of noise:Heavy rain pounded on the roof.lash to hit somebody/​something with a lot of force:The rain lashed at the window. The subject of lash is often rain, wind, hail, sea or waves.hammer to hit somebody/​something hard a lot of times, in a way that is noisy or violent:He hammered the door with his fists.pound or hammer? There is not much difference in meaning between these two, but to pound is sometimes a steadier action. To hammer can be more violent and it is often used figuratively.Patterns to beat/​batter/​pound/​lash/​hammer somebody/​something with something to beat/​batter/​pound/​lash/​hammer against something to beat/​batter/​pound/​hammer on something to beat/​batter/​hammer something down the rain/​wind/​sea beats/​batters/​pounds/​lashes (at) something
  2. walk noisily
  3. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move with noisy steps She pounded along the corridor after him.
  4. of heart/blood
  5. 3[intransitive] to beat quickly and loudly Her heart was pounding with excitement. The blood was pounding (= making a beating noise) in his ears. Her head began to pound. a pounding headache
  6. break into pieces
  7. 4[transitive] pound something (to/into something) to hit something many times in order to break it into smaller pieces The seeds were pounded to a fine powder.
  8. attack with bombs
  9. 5[transitive] pound something to attack an area with a large number of bombs over a period of time The area is still being pounded by rebel guns.
  10. of music
  11. 6[intransitive] pound (out) to be played loudly Rock music was pounding out from the jukebox.
  12. Word Originverb Old English pūnian; related to Dutch puin, Low German pün ‘(building) rubbish’.Extra examples His heart began to pound against his ribs. She could hear music pounding away in the room below. She pounded the desk with her fist. Someone was pounding on the door. A group of men on horseback came pounding across the field. Her heart was pounding with fear. I could hear the sound of pounding footsteps. The blood was pounding in his ears. The machines pounded away day and night. Phrasal Verbspound somethingout
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