Definition of pounding in English:



mass noun
  • 1Repeated and heavy striking or hitting of someone or something.

    ‘the pounding of the surf on a sandy beach’
    • ‘She remembered waking up with heavy pounding on the door.’
    • ‘But certainly the area south of the city today, we're told, taking a very heavy pounding indeed.’
    • ‘That's the place where a Notre Dame football player took a pounding after being arrested.’
    • ‘Then if the carts are built heavy, even heavier wheel brackets are needed to absorb this pounding.’
    • ‘The heavy pounding of a bass guitar invaded my brain, and I realized the neighbors were still playing my music.’
    • ‘True to her observation, the heavy pounding steadily got louder and louder, until it suddenly stopped.’
    • ‘The market took a pounding in almost all sectors, with the momentum of a month-long decline in high-tech stocks dragging the market down yet further.’
    • ‘The runway, made of asphalt reinforced with more asphalt, took a pounding.’
    • ‘Big Vinny was the only guy that supported them and he took a pounding for that at school.’
    • ‘The government took a pounding on all fronts last week.’
    • ‘We are arranging so that presently this will be the other way around, but meanwhile London and our big cities have had to stand their pounding.’
    • ‘When the market started to weaken they really took a pounding.’
    • ‘Most bodybuilders would assume that this works because it gives the joints a break from heavy pounding.’
    • ‘As the storm passed through our area, these heavy winds took a pounding on the Atlantic coast.’
    • ‘The London market took another pounding yesterday as a huge sell-off in the US hit investor confidence in the City.’
    • ‘For Williams took a pounding, albeit brief, but came back to clinch the fight with some terrific work in the 12 th and final round.’
    • ‘I heard the heavy poundings of my heart in my ears; I felt the inward struggle as I gasped for breaths.’
    • ‘She sat serenely in her throne, surveying her courtiers through utterly regal eyes, which hid the heavy pounding of her heart.’
    • ‘Almost as soon as she had, the door shook with heavy, rhythmic poundings.’
    • ‘Heavy pounding at my door accompanied my mother's worried question.’
    bombardment, shelling, gunfire, artillery fire, barrage, battery, attack
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    1. 1.1 Rhythmical beating or throbbing.
      ‘all she could hear was the pounding of her heart’
      • ‘Darren stared up at the ceiling and waited for the pounding in his head to stop.’
      • ‘The pounding in his head kept in time with the worry over his son, preventing him from drifting off again.’
      • ‘I could hear nothing but the pounding of my protesting heart.’
      • ‘He listened for breathing, but he could hear nothing over the pounding of his heart.’


  • take (or get) a pounding

    • Be repeatedly hit or attacked.

      ‘the town took a hell of a pounding from the Luftwaffe’
      figurative ‘shares took a pounding this month’
      • ‘As the storm passed through our area, these heavy winds took a pounding on the Atlantic coast.’
      • ‘The floorboards in the hall must be taking a pounding!’
      • ‘The Northeast is where we start, because the Northeast is taking a pounding from that late winter storm.’
      • ‘Bombs fall on the long and rugged northern front, while targets in and around the city of Mosul continue to take a pounding.’
      • ‘By your third or fourth at-bat, your hand has taken a pounding.’
      • ‘Fears about the health of the global economy gripped the market with hi-tech and telecom stocks again taking a pounding.’
      • ‘Most of the major buildings have taken a pounding.’
      • ‘Russia's stock market has taken a pounding.’
      • ‘He turns 32 next month, and his body has taken a pounding because of his physical running style.’
      • ‘Instead of commenting on the issue, his image took a pounding and he was eventually looked at as a religious freak following a cult.’