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pool1 / poōl/ • n. a small area of still water, typically one formed naturally. ∎  a small, shallow patch of liquid lying on a surface: a pool of blood | fig. the lamps cast pools of light on the wet streets. ∎  a swimming pool. ∎  a deep place in a river. • v. [intr.] (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. ∎  (of blood) accumulate in parts of the venous system. pool2 • n. 1. a supply of vehicles or goods available for use when needed: the oldest vehicle in the motor pool. ∎  a group of people available for work when required: the typing pool. ∎  a group of people considered as a resource: a nationwide pool of promising high-school students. ∎  an arrangement, illegal in many countries, between competing parties to fix prices or rates and share business in order to eliminate competition. ∎  a common fund into which all contributors pay and from which financial backing is provided: big public investment pools. ∎  a source of common funding for speculative operations on financial markets: a huge pool of risk capital. ∎  a group of contestants who compete against each other in a tournament for the right to advance to the next round. ∎  the collective amount of players' stakes in gambling or sweepstakes; a kitty. 2. Billiards a game played on a table using fifteen colored and numbered balls and a white cue ball. ∎ another term for pocket billiards. ∎ short for straight pool. • v. [tr.] (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. ∎  share (things) for the benefit of all those involved: [as n.] (pooling) a pooling of ideas. DERIVATIVES: pool·er n.

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pool Form of billiards that originated in the USA. One version is played with eight single-colour balls and seven striped balls (numbered 1 to 15), plus a white cue ball, on a rectangular table with four corner pockets and two side pockets. The most popular version divides the striped balls and the single-colour balls, except the black ball (number 8), between the two players, so that the black is the last to be potted.

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pool2 collective amount of stakes in a cardgame, †game at cards XVII; transf. of other games, (hence) common fund, combine XIX. F. poule stake, prop. hen (see PULLET); assoc. with POOL1.
Hence vb. XIX.

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pool1 small body of still water. OE. pōl = (M)LG., MDu. pōl (Du. poel), OHG. pfuol (G. pfuhl), f. WGmc. *pōl-, rel. to OE. pyll creek; further relations uncert.

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Pool

a small body of liquid; a reservoir of persons or things.

Examples : pool of blood, 1843; of memory, 1903; of sunlight, 1875; of typists; of water, 1622.

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pool, game: see billiards.

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