American English

Definition of pool noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    for swimming
  1. 1[countable] = swimming pool Does the hotel have a pool? relaxing by the pool see also plunge pool
  2. of water
  3. 2[countable] a small area of still water, especially one that has formed naturally freshwater pools a tide pool (= between rocks by the ocean)
  4. of liquid/light
  5. 3[countable] pool (of something) a small amount of liquid or light lying on a surface The body was lying in a pool of blood. a pool of light
  6. group of things/people
  7. 4[countable] pool (of something) 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
  8. 5[countable] pool (of something) a group of people available for work when needed a pool of cheap labor a typing pool (= a group of people who share a company's typing work)
  9. game
  10. 6[uncountable] a game for two people played with 16 balls on a table, often in 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
  11. 7[countable] an amount of money that is bet by a group of individuals, often on a sports event, by putting money into a fund that is given to the winner; the group of individuals who bet this money He won the pool by correctly guessing the final score. Would you like to join the office pool on the NBA finals? see also gene pool
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pool