pound[ pound ]SEE DEFINITION OF pound
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR POUND
I threw off all reserve--about half a pound, I should judge.
I'll give you two cents a pound for as many as you want to sell.
But in Spain, the dollar goes as far as the pound in England.
Pound, pound, pound, the hard road rang with the thunder of hoofs.
To a pound of the lean of a leg of veal, allow a pound of beef suet.
Just before you take them from the fire, stir in a pound of brown sugar.
Mix the whole together, and pound it to a paste in a marble mortar.
Pound the veal also in a mortar, adding butter to it by degrees.
Allow half a pound of butter to a pound of maccaroni and half a pound of cheese.
Allow a pound of loaf-sugar to every pound of the sliced pine-apple.
measure of weight, Old English pund "pound" (in weight or money), also "pint," from West Germanic *punda- "pound" as a measure of weight (cf. Gothic pund, Old High German phunt, German Pfund, Middle Dutch pont, Old Frisian and Old Norse pund), early borrowing from Latin pondo "pound," originally in libra pondo "a pound by weight," from pondo (adv.) "by weight," ablative of *pondus "weight" (see span (v.)). Meaning "unit of money" was in Old English, originally "pound of silver."
At first "12 ounces;" meaning "16 ounces" was established before late 14c. Pound cake (1747) so called because it has a pound, more or less, of each ingredient. Pound of flesh is from "Merchant of Venice" IV.i. The abbreviations lb., £ are from libra, and reflect the medieval custom of keeping accounts in Latin.