pot: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (pot), [key]
— n., v., pot•ted, pot•ting.
  1. a container of earthenware, metal, etc., usually round and deep and having a handle or handles and often a lid, used for cooking, serving, and other purposes.
  2. such a container with its contents: a pot of stew.
  3. the amount contained in or held by a pot; potful.
  4. a flowerpot.
  5. a container of liquor or other drink: a pot of ale.
  6. liquor or other drink.
  7. a cagelike vessel for trapping fish, lobsters, eels, etc., typically made of wood, wicker, or wire. Cf.
  8. a chamber pot.
    1. a vessel for melting metal; melting pot.
    2. an electrolytic cell for reducing certain metals, as aluminum, from fused salts.
    1. Seechimney pot.
    2. Dial.a basket or box used for carrying provisions or the like; a pannier.
  9. a large sum of money.
  10. all the money bet at a single time; pool.
  11. (in horse racing) the favorite.
  12. See
  13. a liquid measure, usually equal to a pint or quart.
    1. an open, broad-brimmed helmet of the 17th century.
    2. any open helmet.
  14. a potbelly.
  15. to become ruined; deteriorate: With no one to care for it, the lovely old garden went to pot.
  16. See(def. 8).
  1. to put into a pot.
  2. to preserve (food) in a pot.
  3. to cook in a pot.
  4. to transplant into a pot: We must pot the petunias.
  5. He can't even pot a sitting duck.
    1. to shoot (game birds) on the ground or water, or (game animals) at rest, instead of in flight or running:He can't even pot a sitting duck.
    2. to shoot for food, not for sport.
  6. to capture, secure, or win.
  1. to take a potshot; shoot.


Pronunciation: (pot), [key]
— n. Slang.
  1. marijuana.


Pronunciation: (pot), [key]
— n. Scot. and North Eng.
  1. a deep hole; pit.


Pronunciation: [key]
— Elect. Elect.
  1. potential.
  2. potentiometer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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