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      n   Ezra (Loomis). 1885--1972, U.S. poet, translator, and critic, living in Europe. Indicted for treason by the U.S. government (1945) for pro-Fascist broadcasts during World War II, he was committed to a mental hospital until 1958. He was a founder of imagism and championed the early work of such writers as T. S. Eliot, Joyce, and Hemingway. His life work, the Cantos (1925--70), is an unfinished sequence of poems, which incorporates mythological and historical materials in several languages as well as political, economic, and autobiographical elements  


foot-pound  
      n   an fps unit of work or energy equal to the work done when a force of 1 pound moves through a distance of 1 foot,   (Abbrev.)    ft-lb  
foot-pound-second  
      n      See       fps units  
green pound  
      n   a unit of account used in calculating Britain's contributions to and payments from the Community Agricultural Fund of the EU  
pound   [1]  
      vb  
1    when intr, often foll by: on or at   to strike heavily and often  
2    tr   to beat to a pulp; pulverize  
3    tr   to instil by constant drilling  
to pound Latin into him     
4    tr; foll by: out   to produce, as by typing heavily  
5    to walk (the pavement, street, etc.) repeatedly  
he pounded the pavement looking for a job     
6    intr   to throb heavily  
      n  
7    a heavy blow; thump  
8    the act of pounding  
     (Old English punian; related to Dutch puin rubble)  
  pounder      n  
pound   [2]  
      n  
1    an avoirdupois unit of weight that is divided into 16 ounces and is equal to 0.453592 kilograms,   (Abbrev.)    lb  
2    a troy unit of weight divided into 12 ounces equal to 0.373242 kilograms,   (Abbrev.)    lb tr, lb t  
3    an apothecaries' unit of weight, used in the U.S., that is divided into 5760 grains and is equal to one pound troy  
4    not in technical usage   a unit of force equal to the mass of 1 pound avoirdupois where the acceleration of free fall is 32.174 feet per second per second,   (Abbrev.)    lbf  
5   
a    the standard monetary unit of the United Kingdom and its dependencies, divided into 100 pence,   (Official name)    pound sterling         
b    (as modifier)  
a pound coin     
6    the standard monetary unit of the following countries  
a    Cyprus: divided into 100 cents  
b    Egypt: divided into 100 piastres  
c    Ireland: divided into 100 pence  
d    Lebanon: divided into 100 piastres  
e    Syria: divided into 100 piastres  
7       another name for       lira       2  
8      (Also called)    pound Scots   a former Scottish monetary unit originally worth an English pound but later declining in value to 1 shilling 8 pence  
9    a monetary unit of the Sudan, replaced by the dinar in 1992 and being phased out gradually  
     (Old English pund, from Latin pondo pound; related to German Pfund pound, Latin pondus weight)  
pound   [3]  
      n  
1    an enclosure, esp. one maintained by a public authority, for keeping officially removed vehicles or distrained goods or animals, esp. stray dogs  
2    a place where people are confined  
3   
a    a trap for animals  
b    a trap or keepnet for fish  
   See       pound net  
      vb  
4    tr   to confine in or as if in a pound; impound, imprison, or restrain  
     (C14: from Late Old English pund- as in pundfeald pinfold)  
pound cake  
      n   a rich fruit cake originally made with a pound each of butter, sugar, and flour  
pound cost averaging  
      n     (Stock Exchange)   a method of accumulating capital by investing a fixed sum in a particular security at regular intervals, in order to achieve an average purchase price below the arithmetic average of the market prices on the purchase dates  
pound net  
      n   a fishing trap having an arrangement of standing nets directing the fish into an enclosed net  
pound of flesh  
      n   something that is one's legal right but is an unreasonable demand (esp. in the phrase to have one's pound of flesh)  
     (from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (1596), Act IV, scene i)  
pound sterling         
      n   the official name for the standard monetary unit of the United Kingdom  
   See       pound   2       5  
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pound   [2]  
      n  
1    an avoirdupois unit of weight that is divided into 16 ounces and is equal to 0.453592 kilograms,   (Abbrev.)    lb  
2    a troy unit of weight divided into 12 ounces equal to 0.373242 kilograms,   (Abbrev.)    lb tr, lb t  
3    an apothecaries' unit of weight, used in the U.S., that is divided into 5760 grains and is equal to one pound troy  
4    not in technical usage   a unit of force equal to the mass of 1 pound avoirdupois where the acceleration of free fall is 32.174 feet per second per second,   (Abbrev.)    lbf  
5   
a    the standard monetary unit of the United Kingdom and its dependencies, divided into 100 pence,   (Official name)    pound sterling         
b    (as modifier)  
a pound coin     
6    the standard monetary unit of the following countries  
a    Cyprus: divided into 100 cents  
b    Egypt: divided into 100 piastres  
c    Ireland: divided into 100 pence  
d    Lebanon: divided into 100 piastres  
e    Syria: divided into 100 piastres  
7       another name for       lira       2  
8      (Also called)    pound Scots   a former Scottish monetary unit originally worth an English pound but later declining in value to 1 shilling 8 pence  
9    a monetary unit of the Sudan, replaced by the dinar in 1992 and being phased out gradually  
     (Old English pund, from Latin pondo pound; related to German Pfund pound, Latin pondus weight)  

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pound          [1]  
      vb  
1    when intr, often foll by: on or at   to strike heavily and often  
2    tr   to beat to a pulp; pulverize  
3    tr   to instil by constant drilling  
to pound Latin into him     
4    tr; foll by: out   to produce, as by typing heavily  
5    to walk (the pavement, street, etc.) repeatedly  
he pounded the pavement looking for a job     
6    intr   to throb heavily  
      n  
7    a heavy blow; thump  
8    the act of pounding  
     (Old English punian; related to Dutch puin rubble)  
  pounder      n  

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pound         

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      vb  
1    batter, beat, beat the living daylights out of, belabour, clobber     (slang)   hammer, pelt, pummel, strike, thrash, thump  
2    bray     (dialect)   bruise, comminute, crush, powder, pulverize, triturate  
3    din into, drub into, drum into, hammer into  
4      (with)       out   bang, beat, hammer, thump  
5    clomp, march, stomp     (informal)   thunder, tramp  
6    beat, palpitate, pitapat, pulsate, pulse, throb  

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v.
be convinced that something is very probable or likely (to happen or be the case)
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