Main definitions of pool in English

: pool1pool2

pool1

noun

  • 1A small area of still water, typically one formed naturally.

    • ‘Looking down, Belloc found it lying in a shallow pool of water.’
    • ‘You can hike ravines like Emma Gorge, arriving at a circular pool fed by waters plunging over a high cliff.’
    • ‘Here and there, there are bodies of water, small pools and ponds.’
    • ‘On the few patches of dry ground, tropical rattlesnakes lie low, and in shallow pools, spectacled caiman doze just beneath the surface.’
    • ‘On a buttress above a chasm is a series of tiny terraces, and under a hefty lintel of rock in the cliff above, a cave shelters the natural pool of water that attracted people to live in such a place.’
    • ‘Here and there, he could see a few pools of open water.’
    • ‘You can go there early in the morning before the sun rises and the water is warm and bathe in the small natural sulfur pools.’
    • ‘The groundwater comes up to the surface, pools, and ponds, and deposits sulfate-rich sand, which blows away, creating sand dunes.’
    • ‘They searched the valley in vain, but they kept coming across luminous pools of water, throwing back at them mirror images of trees, mountains and clouds.’
    • ‘Cherry blossoms floated by on the breeze and looking up into the sky was like plunging towards an undisturbed pool of tropical water.’
    • ‘It is primarily restricted to flat or sloping grasslands, often along valley bottoms or areas adjacent to vernal pools.’
    • ‘Before his Eco Tour experience ends, Stefan will have the chance to tour the area, visiting the virgin rainforest, natural pools and waterfall near the farm.’
    • ‘The natural lake water interchanges with the pool area water, keeping it clean.’
    • ‘Some of these pools are quite deep and retain water in them sometimes right through the year while water in smaller shallower pools drains into the surface soil or evaporates.’
    • ‘If you're uncertain about your natural pool's water quality, have it tested.’
    puddle, pond
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    1. 1.1 A small, shallow patch of liquid lying on a surface.
      ‘a pool of blood’
      figurative ‘the lamps cast pools of light on the wet streets’
      • ‘There they found him lying in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds to his face and body.’
      • ‘With that, the colonel exhaled one final time, and slumped down on the table, his face resting in a shallow pool of his own blood.’
      • ‘A man was left lying in a pool of blood in a quiet residential street after being attacked and stabbed.’
      • ‘They will leave you lying in a pool of your own blood if you make a wrong move.’
      • ‘As I gave that final tug of strength my body finally emerged from the hole and there I was, just lying there in a pool of cold sticky blood.’
      • ‘By now it was early morning and hearing all the shouting and noise, some neighbours gathered before his apartment and decided to break down the door, only to find him lying in a pool of blood.’
      • ‘The mould which grows on top of the jam in pots can live only on the little pool of exuded liquid on the surface, not in the jam itself.’
      • ‘When Michael opened the door, Raymond shot him and left him lying in a pool of blood.’
      • ‘Differ, who was known to police, was found lying in a pool of blood in the back garden of a flat in Garthamlock, on Thursday.’
      • ‘I can see me lying in a pool of blood as the last scene in this awful, horrible drama.’
      • ‘The animal was found lying in a pool of blood on the living room floor.’
      • ‘We can see salt flats and shallow pools of sulphuric acid.’
      • ‘I also picture the pool of liquid paint that forms in the dipped centre of a water-colour tablet when you apply water as a lake; some call it a puddle but that's a different kind of romance for me!’
      • ‘Boiling pools of dark mysterious liquid puff smoke of rancid sulphur fumes.’
      • ‘He would wake up in the morning, lying in a pool of liquid, with only a vague recollection of his prior whereabouts.’
      • ‘Constable Elm found Mr. Duncan at about 4: 50 AM lying unconscious in a pool of blood in his garage.’
      • ‘Warren's body was found lying in a pool of blood on a staircase by two employees at about 7.30 am.’
      • ‘Cleaners found him lying in a pool of blood after the attack in which his cash box was stolen.’
      • ‘Outside, cows stand in pools of yellowish liquid that has oozed from blocked drains.’
      • ‘Ten agonizing minutes later, she lay in a shallow pool of her own blood.’
    2. 1.2 A swimming pool.
      • ‘The pool where the swimming was taking place was an impressive size - but nothing compared to the how impressed I was with the swimmers themselves.’
      • ‘Daphne looks away, staring out at Tyler, who's swimming laps in the pool.’
      • ‘He's always doing things that no pope has ever done before, even if it's just swimming in a pool in his summer residence or going skiing.’
      • ‘Many recreation centers and health clubs have beautiful pools, and open-water swimming can take you to lakes, reservoirs and even the ocean.’
      • ‘One of the city's oldest pools, the Yeoville swimming pool, has received a sparkling, multi-toned blue mosaic facelift.’
      • ‘The bathhouse was a large building with a main pool used for swimming and many side rooms with hot bathing tubs in them.’
      • ‘Guy is in the pool, swimming laps furiously whilst Cassie reads a women's magazine at a wrought iron breakfast table.’
      • ‘Michael and I walked back to our hotel and decided to do some swimming in the pool.’
      • ‘She got to her feet, brushed the dirt from her bathing suit and legs, and left the swimming pool for the pool house.’
      • ‘His short blond hair was practically green from all the time he spend in the pool for swimming practice, and his blue eyes were bloodshot from the chlorine.’
      • ‘Her father, a basketball player, had expected a boy and treated the girl like one: pushing her into the pool to teach her swimming at three, and giving her a crew cut.’
      • ‘He would try and clear his mind by swimming laps in the pool, but he began swimming with all his anger and resembled nothing more than a shark thrashing about.’
      • ‘And then he saw that someone was in the pool, swimming laps.’
      • ‘There will be plenty of opportunities for family swimming in the new swimming and training pools.’
      • ‘Following the parade the pool opens for free swimming.’
      • ‘I wore them, when I did, because they really are better for what I mostly do in a pool, which is swimming laps.’
      • ‘A serious drama should be like a swimmer diving into a pool and swimming to the other side in one smooth, perfect trajectory.’
      • ‘Olympic-size swimming pools, also called long course pools, measure 50 meters long.’
      • ‘He walked into the pool area, it was very elegant, there was a large hot tub, an elegant wading pool and an athletic pool for swimming laps.’
      • ‘The center didn't have a pool, so swimming wasn't an option.’
      swimming pool, baths, lido, piscina, plunge pool
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    3. 1.3 A deep place in a river.
      • ‘By flashlight I followed a trail and then stopped at a deep pool where I knew a big brown trout had to be.’
      • ‘Then there's the largemouths, some weighing as much as 6 or 7 pounds, holding in the slow, deep pools.’
      • ‘This is an excellent stretch of cascading river with pools, rocky banks and ledges.’
      • ‘The fish survived by adapting to life in deep pools and slow-moving portions of the Mojave River.’
      • ‘The prehistoric monster had come from some deep pool below the river.’
      • ‘Dropping into one of the deeper pools under a ledge, I found a loricariid catfish, with its suctorial mouth, under a dead log - a favourite hang-out.’
      • ‘As you travel up the glen's throat, a thin and wooded gorge of cliffs that plunge to the deep and silent pools of the Lyon, the hills soon open up to reveal a rich plateau of farmland fringed by soaring mountain-tops.’
      • ‘Police divers recovered the teenager's body from a deep pool in the river.’
      • ‘In shady places along both bodies of water the catfish have nothing to do but lay up in the deep pools, eat, and grow and grow and grow.’
      • ‘The river was quite low, flowing past, speeding up and gurgling over the rocky rapids, then slowing again into deep dark pools.’
      • ‘One of the beauties of the shorter Hebridean systems is the focus on the outflows and sea pools of the rivers.’
      • ‘Sometimes the great, deep pools - so beloved by the crocodiles - seem barely to move and are full of mystery and suspense.’
      • ‘They walked down a stone passage right beside the river pool.’
      • ‘Below the bridge is the dramatic Stainforth Force, where the River Ribble plunges into a deep pool over limestone ledges.’
      • ‘In the fluvial setting the bull trout favors deep pools where it usually sits on or near the bottom.’
      • ‘Wordlessly, we turned and took our first swirling steps into the deep water of one of the jungle pools in the Raspaculo river.’
      • ‘This was a calm area of the river, where there was a pool nearly six feet deep surrounded by large, round, gleaming rocks.’
      • ‘I knew there were deeper pools along the river and I was soon exploring different areas, it was soon apparent that the fly rod was going to be pretty useless in these conditions.’
      • ‘Everywhere there are clear jade rivers with deep natural pools, surrounded by sun-warmed granite boulders.’
      • ‘Such rivers have cavernous deep pools fed by turbulent rapids at the head and a shallow tail leading to the next rapid.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1(of water or another liquid) form a pool on the ground or another surface.

    ‘the oil pooled behind the quay walls, escaping slowly into the river’
    • ‘Cecil's eyes widened as water pooled around his feet.’
    • ‘If the water had pooled on the surface at Meridiani Planum, the science team members are not hazarding high bets on what shape it took.’
    • ‘Driven by the adrenaline and blood pressure, the scarlet oil pooled at her champion's feet.’
    • ‘Water pooled in a 20 ft crater in front of one of the destroyed houses, apparently where one of the missiles struck.’
    • ‘After a hard rain, water pooled in one corner of the basement.’
    • ‘A police spokesman said its communication unit had been affected by the power cut and drivers were warned to use side lights on the M65 as water pooled on the surface.’
    • ‘A sticky liquid pooled out onto the carpet steadily.’
    • ‘I wake up soggy and cursing, having to mop up water pooling under my sleeping bag.’
    • ‘The soil immediately around the house is heavy clay and I have noticed water pooling after rain.’
    • ‘If Sergeant Thomas had not noticed the oil pooling in the tailpipe, the aircraft would have launched with an engine that was susceptible to seizure.’
    • ‘Water pooled out of nowhere and flooded the places still unharmed.’
    • ‘I could feel the water pooling in my eyes and I didn't want Jake to see me crying.’
    • ‘There were rocks, and moderate rapids, and deep areas where the water pooled before continuing on downstream.’
    • ‘Low places in fields where water pools and evaporates off the surface are the most likely places to find chlorosis.’
    • ‘Stone lions glistened with rainfall, water pooling in the granite hollows of their eyes.’
    • ‘The liquids pool around the child's teeth and can cause decay.’
    • ‘When he stood up, he found that the water had already pooled on the carpet.’
    • ‘The black liquid quickly pooled on the windowsill, threatening to spill onto the floor.’
    • ‘The science team members said then that they did not know whether the water was pooling above the surface in a lake, sea, or ocean, or flowing from reservoirs beneath the surface.’
    • ‘Water pooled in the alley leaving black holes that reflected the moonlight.’
    1. 1.1 (of blood) accumulate in parts of the venous system.
      • ‘Aeromedical physicians found that blood pooled in the lower body at high altitudes and thus was not forced back toward the heart and recirculated to the head.’
      • ‘This will help prevent blood pooling in the leg and reduce the pressure on the healing scars.’
      • ‘Protection against clot formation in the legs can be mechanical to prevent blood pooling in the legs with early getting up after surgery or the use of elastic or pneumatic stockings.’
      • ‘No longer being pumped around her circulatory system, blood has pooled and coagulated in these areas.’
      • ‘The cool down period is needed so that your blood doesn't pool in your legs and cause light-headedness.’
      • ‘This failure to compensate can occur immediately or be delayed because of blood pooling in the lower extremities.’
      • ‘Venous ulcers are sometimes called venous stasis ulcers because they were previously attributed to blood pooling in the veins.’
      • ‘Decrease the uphill distance between the heart and brain by tilting the seat back, and apply counter pressure against the legs and abdomen to retard blood pooling there.’
      • ‘Now stand up - you'll get blood pooling if you stay like that.’
      • ‘But as he consulted with a Boise neurologist and examined lab results, he realized that King couldn't survive the blood pooling in his skull.’
      • ‘This results in blood pooling and the visible sign of varicose veins.’
      • ‘In a second the G-force shot up into the ten to twelve range, the blood pooled near Captain Alezio's chest, and she lost consciousness.’

Origin

Old English pōl, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch poel and German Pfuhl.

Pronunciation

pool

/po͞ol//pul/

Main definitions of pool in English

: pool1pool2

pool2

noun

  • 1A supply of vehicles or goods available for use when needed.

    ‘the oldest vehicle in the motor pool’
    • ‘In the motor pool, mechanics pulled the transmission from a bomb-battered Humvee.’
    • ‘Jet aircraft and state-sponsored motor pools aren't even in the running.’
    • ‘I became the operator, mechanic, and only member of the motor pool of six or eight vehicles confiscated from German civilians.’
    • ‘This promotes language proficiency to at least the same level of attention and importance as being able to drive the unit's vehicle of choice out of the motor pool.’
    • ‘The council has a pool of five cars, used mainly by officers attending meetings around the county.’
    • ‘Sometimes I would drive, sometimes we had a motor pool driver.’
    • ‘On that day, the motor pool assigned him to that truck in order to complete a travel commitment.’
    • ‘As the mess hall was closed, I ordered a motor pool car and driver for the other men to go in town for dinner, on me.’
    • ‘We even punch holes in the bottoms to drain out water and mud when we wash the trucks at the motor pool.’
    • ‘Junior, Elmer and Raul ran as fast as they could to the motor pool.’
    • ‘Those who take the plunge into car and van pools often find it worthwhile.’
    • ‘The Army found a motor pool with 100 abandoned Iraqi tanks.’
    • ‘The agency is challenged with finding alternative means of transportation such as car and van pools, and subsidized bus passes.’
    • ‘Troopers on foot at a gallop or in cars would race to the motor pools.’
    • ‘This should be completed several days prior to departing the motor pool to allow time for parts to arrive.’
    • ‘Create car or van pools for commuting to and from work.’
    • ‘From next October, Irish dealers will be able to dip into the much larger pool of cars supplied to British dealers.’
    • ‘We got the guys from the motor pool to weld a gun mount on the outside of the cupola - the brace on my mount was a huge wrench with thee-inch jaws.’
    • ‘The three men followed me, and we ran to the motor pool.’
    • ‘Beyond the vault door were trucks, one exploded truck, and a motor pool filled with smoke.’
    supply, common supply, reserve, reserves, store, reservoir, stock, stockpile, accumulation, storehouse, hoard, cache, fund, backlog
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    1. 1.1 A group of people available for work when required or considered as a resource.
      ‘the typing pool’
      ‘a nationwide pool of promising high-school students’
      • ‘The fact that I think 51 per cent of the workforce available, the workforce pool, within a matter of five years' time, will be women.’
      • ‘The clear winner, far ahead of all the others, was the talent pool available in the city.’
      • ‘Your fellow potential jurors will be chosen at random from the pool available, and then slimmed down to just 12 in court, again at random.’
      • ‘We are cognizant that this restricts the available pool of applicants to fill temporary positions, and we are very mindful of the present competitive marketplace.’
      • ‘Smart, educated women aren't willing to date down on the social scale, so the higher they rise, the more they cut down on their available pool of men.’
      • ‘It has several different means to bring in new contractors to increase the pool of available contractors, but it is not required to do so.’
      • ‘With Scotland now well established as a location for inward investment, McWalter maintains there is now a larger pool of talented linguists available.’
      • ‘As the pool of available labour shrank, wages rose; as the population declined so did the demand for food and supplies, and prices followed suit.’
      • ‘At any given time in our history, West Indies cricket has drawn on the available pool of young, talented and capable males for its sustenance.’
      • ‘Assuming each person only goes out with one other, somewhere there must be a pool of available women.’
      • ‘Females are typically more choosy than males when selecting a mate from the pool of available partners.’
      • ‘Constitutional law requires that jury pools must be a fair cross-section of the community and not systematically racially biased.’
      • ‘Challenges of racial discrimination in the pool of available jurors must show systematic and unreasonable bias, according to the court.’
      • ‘If we increase the pool of available partners, we can then fall in love with any one of them.’
      • ‘Again, a large pool of talent is available from among the Government servants throughout the country.’
      • ‘More than 300,000 people gave up their search for jobs and dropped out of the pool of available workers.’
      • ‘Prospective mentees then search the available pool of mentors to see who has the expertise they need.’
      • ‘It was only with hindsight we realised that the primary social impact of the birth control pill was to bestow greater sexual freedom on men by virtue of increasing the pool of sexually available women.’
      • ‘The pool of available people doing opinion writing is still tilted toward men.’
      • ‘The pool of available lawyers should, as far as possible, be representative of Muslim and other communities.’
      supply, common supply, reserve, reserves, store, reservoir, stock, stockpile, accumulation, storehouse, hoard, cache, fund, backlog
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    2. 1.2 A common fund into which all contributors pay and from which financial backing is provided.
      ‘big public investment pools’
      • ‘A ‘fund of funds’ is where a product provider selects funds from a pool of funds on behalf of the investor.’
      • ‘The top dogs in the new entrepreneurial City are the hedge funds - loosely regulated pools of capital taking more risk to earn higher returns than traditional fund managers.’
      • ‘In the first year of the new academic plan, 11 proposals from three colleges were funded through the pool managed by the Provost Office.’
      • ‘Gifts to these funds are mixed into an investment pool, which the foundation or its advisers then manage.’
      • ‘Richmond created the pool of funds through reallocations from his office and academic units.’
      • ‘Most pools of capital managed by committees are subject to an oversight document or investment policy.’
      • ‘Venture capital firms are pools of capital, usually organised as a limited partnership.’
      • ‘Anyone who knows anything about hedge funds is aware that these private investment pools don't come cheaply.’
      • ‘Further, this will provide a pool of funds that can be used for the benefit of contributors to the scheme.’
      • ‘The funds are private investment pools for the rich, who understand the risks and can comfortably absorb potential losses, they say.’
      • ‘Initially the provider will control a pool of funds corresponding to a market-average cost for a condition.’
      • ‘But these small depositors were contributing to a pool which could be used to fund much larger schemes while maximising returns.’
      • ‘We have developed massive institutions to manage risk - insurance companies, banks, investment firms, fund pools.’
      • ‘Larger funds generally offer bigger risk pools yet funds with fewer and younger members may be a better option than funds with many older members.’
      • ‘It merges into the whole pool of funds managed by the respondents.’
      • ‘It had been hoped that the Asset Covered Securities Act would have encouraged lenders to securitise pools of mortgage lending and thus drive down the cost of raising funds.’
      • ‘Rather few Irish became entrepreneurs; the community did not generate pools of financial capital.’
      • ‘Even where online brokers are using the same pool of insurance providers, variations emerge.’
      • ‘Hedge-fund managers are now muscling in on traditional managers of pension funds and other pools of capital.’
      • ‘The IMF has been aptly compared to a credit union: every member makes a contribution to a pool of funds and can then draw on them when the need arises.’
      fund, reserve, kitty, pot, bank, purse
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    3. 1.3 The collective amount of players' stakes in gambling or sweepstakes; a kitty.
      • ‘Typically, a small number of cards is dealt, tricks are played, and the pool is divided between the players according to the tricks taken.’
      • ‘One bit of evidence Storr gives is the asue, a collective pool that pays off to one of its members via a lottery draw.’
      • ‘There are six tournaments in the first five months of 2002 with guaranteed prize pools of $1 million or more!’
      • ‘Before each deal, each player must pay 1 unit into the pool or kitty.’
      • ‘Everyone pays a stake to the pool and nine cards are dealt to each player.’
      • ‘It also means that the trifecta payoffs at that track are likely to be smaller than average, due to larger numbers of bettors splitting the pools.’
      • ‘Bettors in Canada were precluded from wagering into U.S. pools under previous regulations.’
      • ‘No one can tell you where, or how, to make the best wagers, or what pools to enter!’
      • ‘The pre-selected wagers will go into straight and exacta pools only.’
      • ‘All those who match all six main numbers share the amount in the Jackpot pool, which depends mainly on total sales.’
      • ‘And, if so, what should the dollar amount for the pool of punitive damages be?’
      • ‘You can win very small amounts on the pools, you know.’
      • ‘When play starts there are four stakes in the pool.’
      • ‘The most popular forms of gambling were raffles, state lotteries, friendly wagers, casino gambling and office pools.’
      • ‘There are other reasons managers may find fault with office gambling pools.’
      • ‘The name ‘pool’ comes about because each player lays a stake which is pooled, the winning player being the recipient of the pool.’
      • ‘At the beginning, everyone contributes an equal stake to a pool - say 1000 Lire.’
      • ‘At the start of the game, each player must pay the initial stake to the pool.’
      • ‘Many winners at the dog tracks wager into trifecta pools, selecting dogs most likely to win, place and show.’
      • ‘Consider different kinds of wagers in different pools.’
  • 2A form of billiards in which the object is to pocket all the balls with a cue ball. There are many versions of the game, e.g. straight pool or eight ball.

    • ‘It might well be that in the week in question he met his friends there for a game of pool only on the Wednesday, having been tied up with the laundry on the Monday, but details like that are quickly lost.’
    • ‘They have also helped to promote the game of pool by sponsoring teams in most of the leagues in the area.’
    • ‘All snooker, pool and billiards tournaments are about to begin and all those taking part must be fully paid up members of the club.’
    • ‘I couldn't possibly have done a worse job than the people who try to make golf and snooker (including pool and billiards) sound exciting.’
    • ‘Table fees will be £5 an hour for snooker and £1 a game for American pool.’
    • ‘Luke summarized while he and Mary played pool at Billiards.’
    • ‘Monson Road members can play pool, snooker, darts, bar billiards, and enjoy live entertainment including karaoke and discos.’
    • ‘The hall will open nightly at 7.30 pm and will remain open until 11 pm for billiards, snooker, pool and cards.’
    • ‘I played pool and billiards, because by the end of the 1st quarter, I knew who was going to win.’
    • ‘The O'Brien Hall is now open every night of the week except Sunday night for pool, billiards, snooker, and cards.’
    • ‘He took up snooker and eight ball pool, becoming good at both.’
    • ‘A few familiar faces, as well as some not so familiar, ambled around the room, a couple engaging in a game of pool, most others simply talking or resting in silence on the calm Sunday morning.’
    • ‘During that period I was able to have an insight into the game of pool and snooker as well.’
    • ‘However, the hall will remain open on Thursday nights and Saturday nights during the summer for anyone who wants a game of pool, snooker or billiards.’
    • ‘After they got the drinks in, Ben asked Kelly and Jenny if they wanted a game of pool, ‘Kel, you be on Paul's side and Jen can be on mine!’’
    • ‘But I did get up and play a game of pool - which I lost by sinking the cue ball on my 8-ball shot.’
    • ‘For now I'll be content to shoot pool at City Billiards.’
    • ‘However, cue games like billiards and pool exhibit that extreme sensitivity and instability highlighted by Maxwell.’
    • ‘They even rack the balls for you when you finish a game of pool.’
    • ‘For example, when guests play pool, the game keeps track of the balls on the table, and the guests always strike the cue ball first.’
  • 3A group of contestants who compete against each other in a tournament for the right to advance to the next round.

    • ‘Will and his teammates played in Gniezno in Poland in a tournament consisting of two pools.’
    • ‘Gardner has one more bout on Tuesday and will advance directly to the semi-finals if he wins his four-man pool.’
    • ‘Countries will be placed into two pools and teams will play each other to decide the top team in each pool.’
    • ‘A win is expected to be enough to get Australia through to the quarter-finals with three of the four teams to advance from the pool.’
    • ‘The Tournament bracket pools don't become as popular with an unbalanced field.’
    • ‘The girls travel to Moyne on Saturday, January 15 to play the last rounds in the pools.’
    • ‘At the Games there will be eight teams in each competition battling it out in pools, followed by the knockout rounds.’
    • ‘As Samoa showed earlier in the pool stages, the tournament favourites can be vulnerable to unstructured, off-the-cuff teams prepared to run the ball at them.’
    • ‘Wrestlers will fight each other within their pool, with the winners of the two four-man pools qualifying for the semi-finals.’
    • ‘It's semi-final time at the DNA Micor Group masters squash tournament where it was necessary to have two pools in a section.’
    • ‘Each tournament will feature a pool phase followed by a straight knockout competition as has been used on the international circuit for the last two years.’
    • ‘Athens will feature two 12-team tournaments, with the countries split into two pools of six in both the men's and women's events.’
    • ‘The format of the round was two pools of four, with a final.’
    • ‘While those games in the A pool were fiercely contested, other teams employed a more reasonable approach.’
    • ‘Ross learned a week later that she was selected to be part of the contestant pool, she said.’
    • ‘So the cricket World Cup next year runs from February 8 to March 23 and takes 42 games to eliminate eight countries from a pool of 14.’
    • ‘Both Sabre teams finished third in their respective pools after round robin play and advanced to their respective divisional play-off rounds.’
    • ‘After finishing second in the initial competition they faced the Dutch team who were comfortable winners of their pool - in their play-off.’
    • ‘Each of the 12 competing countries will play two games in the pool stage of the tournament.’
    • ‘Six national teams will compete at the tournament in two separate pools.’
  • 4An arrangement, illegal in many countries, between competing parties to fix prices or rates and share business in order to eliminate competition.

    • ‘York's relatively buoyant businesses pay out more than £64 million to the central government business rates pool.’
    • ‘The backers of this argument pushed it as the only realistic view, but it ignored the emerging company power increasingly manifested in rate discrimination and pools.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1(of two or more people or organizations) put (money or other assets) into a common fund.

    ‘they entered a contract to pool any gains and invest them profitably’
    • ‘They allow investors to pool their money and buy property together while deferring capital-gains taxes on previous investments.’
    • ‘Poppinga and Keily tend to pool their money and invest together.’
    • ‘Instead of buying food or paying the school for food we hardly ate, we pooled our money and cooked.’
    • ‘I also wouldn't mind if they pooled defense assets and formed something that would be effective.’
    • ‘You can invest an unlimited amount in a VCT, a fund that pools your money with that of other investors to buy shares in small unquoted companies.’
    • ‘A lawyer for the nursing home workers had claimed they pooled their money to buy the winning ticket.’
    • ‘So we pooled our money and came up with $25,000 to have ten buses come and take us out of the City.’
    • ‘This is a concept in which villagers pool money to create a fund from which they can lend out smaller amounts of money to members.’
    • ‘If you are not interested in the tax breaks, the best way to invest in AIM is usually through a fund, where your money is pooled with that of other investors to buy a portfolio of stocks.’
    • ‘Seeing that the class computers were all very old, the trainees pooled money and bought several new computers for the class.’
    • ‘Both types of funds pool the assets of numerous investors into a single portfolio.’
    • ‘The basic premise of a mutual fund involves a group of investors who pool their assets so that they can afford the services of a professional money manager.’
    • ‘This fragmentation makes it harder to pool money to fund projects.’
    • ‘At IF, customers also can pool money held in a current account, or debts on credit cards, to potentially save thousands in interest, and reduce the term of the loan.’
    • ‘Santosh Kumar, Kiran Kumar, Avinash K Jagdish and Sachin Shet pooled the money themselves to help the victims.’
    • ‘Mutual funds pool investors' money to purchase a variety of stocks and sometimes bonds.’
    • ‘These funds pool your money with those of other investors and invest in a portfolio of bonds.’
    • ‘This year he and his friends had again pooled their money for a private display.’
    • ‘The state pools the money and invests it, then pays tuition when the child starts college.’
    • ‘All the guys had pooled their money and rented out the café, so it was just the eight of us.’
    1. 1.1 Share (things) for the benefit of all those involved.
      ‘a pooling of ideas’
      • ‘The essence of insurance is to pool resources and share risk.’
      • ‘In its eight years, the original cyber school has expanded and joined with others to pool resources and offer greater support.’
      • ‘As pressure mounts on practically every sector, both big and small, the need to pool resources and network ideas was never more important.’
      • ‘Either they could pool resources and share activist coordinators, or perhaps they could contract with an independent nonprofit to do it for them.’
      • ‘This will be based in the Auckland region in order to pool the resources and share them fairly amongst the different tertiary providers there.’
      • ‘It is an excellent idea with the clubs pooling their resources in order to promote golf in the region.’
      • ‘In this show, these three stalwarts of the international comedy scene pooled their comic resources with devastating effect with a mix of stand-up, sketches and improvised material.’
      • ‘The idea is that by pooling their scouting resources, the subscribers cut down on expenses and more effectively cover the country.’
      • ‘It is good to see combined programmes such as these being run throughout the world and for police agencies being able to pool resources and information.’
      • ‘Somchainuk said that the time to pool resources and establish an information base has come.’
      • ‘For example, local chapters have held benefit auctions and pooled their resources for local advertising.’
      • ‘If the club just wants to pool resources and share cars and parts, they can do that as well.’
      • ‘To fight both piracy and terrorism, the IMB proposes pooling resources among the countries sharing sea-lane boundaries.’
      • ‘It is understood that two law firms have pooled resources and information to investigate whether ScotRail was aware of problems on the track hours before it collapsed under the weight of the 76-ton train.’
      • ‘Operators would pool their resources and share costs in a bid to give a much-needed fillip to broadband in Britain.’
      • ‘They pooled their resources together to build this cafe.’
      • ‘Together they'd pooled their resources and bought Chinese solar panels, a car battery, a TV, and a video player.’
      • ‘In a partnership, professionals pool their resources and join into a practice together.’
      • ‘Where they pool their resources and share expenses, it may be easier to conclude that they are cohabiting as husband and wife.’
      • ‘Some drivers pool their resources to share one or more cars.’

Origin

Late 17th century (originally denoting a game of cards having a pool): from French poule in the sense ‘stake, kitty’, associated with pool.

Pronunciation

pool

/po͞ol//pul/