pod: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (pod), [key]
— n., v., pod•ded, pod•ding.
  1. a somewhat elongated, two-valved seed vessel, as that of the pea or bean.
  2. a dehiscent fruit or pericarp having several seeds.
    1. an insect egg case.
    2. a compact mass of insect eggs.
  3. a streamlined enclosure, housing, or detachable container of some kind: an engine pod under the wing of an aircraft.
  4. a protective compartment, as for an automobile's instrument gauges.
  5. an orebody that has an elongated or lenticular shape.
  6. a cluster of brief commercials or spot announcements.
  1. to produce pods.
  2. to swell out like a pod.


Pronunciation: (pod), [key]
— n.
  1. a small herd or school, esp. of seals or whales.
  2. a small flock of birds.


Pronunciation: (pod), [key]
— n.
  1. the straight groove or channel in the body of certain augers or bits.
  2. pad (def. 15b).


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a learned borrowing from Greek meaning “foot,” used in the formation of compound words: pododynia.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a combining form meaning “one having a foot” of the kind or number specified by the initial element; often corresponding to Neo-Latin class names ending inwithused in English to name a single member of such a class:Cf. cephalopod.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. port of debarkation.


Pronunciation: (pē'ōd'), [key]
— adj. Slang.
  1. See


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. pay on delivery.
  2. Post Office Department.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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