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a duck pond (=a small area of water where there are ducks)
▪ The park has a duck pond which the children like.
a fish pond (=for keeping fish outdoors, in a garden)
▪ We’re thinking of building a fish pond in the back garden.
a garden pond (=a small area of water in a garden)
▪ The garden pond was full of fish.
pond scum
▪ He’s lower than pond scum.
▪ There was a four-bedroom ranch house and a big pond, almost a lake.
▪ HomeShark has swallowed another from the big pond of technology.
▪ Would you rather be a small fish in a big pond, or a big fish in a small pond?
▪ How big can a pond get and still be called a a pond?
▪ Clearly this type of set up is for the larger filter and pond.
▪ Next to the cemetery was a large pond covered with moss and tall grass crowned with silver blossoms.
▪ Beyond us a large shallow pond expands its tepid shores on to the field.
▪ Lift and divide large clumps of pond plants and marginals.
▪ Of those that are known, aquatic insects that winter as immature stages in large ponds probably have the warmest environments.
▪ An excellent oxygenating plant, but apt to get out of control in large or natural ponds.
▪ They were also able to survive because of a large freshwater pond.
▪ Four models are available from the smallest to the large pond of 6000 gallons.
▪ A new pond and a bird hide are also being installed.
▪ Top: The excitement of a new pond will quickly wane if it turns into a disaster area overnight.
▪ Because this new pond is interconnected with the main one, adding the water was like doing a major water change.
▪ How do fish start up in a new pond anywhere?
▪ As with any new aquarium or pond the water quality must be monitored especially in the first 6-8 weeks.
▪ The following weekend I cemented capping stones round the top of the new pond and also round the header pools.
▪ Planting the new pond A shoal of Neons for £2?
▪ The tank became a temporary home for most of John and Jenny's livestock during the creation of the new pond.
▪ Laid out as a patio garden, with tall fencing all around and various shrubs, plants and an ornamental pond.
▪ The empty ornamental pond was choked with rotten leaves, starlings blew about the place like avian litter.
▪ You can also use them safely in or around an ornamental pond.
▪ They began almost by accident, when the house they bought contained an unfiltered ornamental pond.
▪ What only a few weeks ago had been a car park was transformed into an ornamental duck pond.
▪ Outside is a small garden pond.
▪ I liked being a comparatively big fish in a relatively small pond!
▪ A smaller pond was pressure cleaned and filled with direct mains water.
▪ Would you rather be a small fish in a big pond, or a big fish in a small pond?
▪ I was in the Ralembergs' garden where something black and white was floating in the small carp pond.
▪ Outdoor aquariums Q My garden is too small for a pond to keep fish which could easily be seen.
▪ Those in smaller ponds must experience much lower temperatures when the water about them freezes.
▪ Sussex is also well supplied with smaller lakes and ponds, of which Burton Ponds and Knepp Lake are two typical examples.
▪ I was in the Ralembergs' garden where something black and white was floating in the small carp pond.
▪ Her sister spent hours in the pavilion by the carp pond, composing replies.
▪ And that he bequeathed his carp pond to the local Boy Scouts?
▪ On our estate were granges, barns, a mill, carp ponds, lush fields and fertile meadows.
▪ In the middle of the garden was a large, deep carp pond.
▪ Even from where we looked you could glimpse the glint of the huge carp pond where Abbe Gerard had drowned.
▪ In the best of all possible worlds, we'd all quarantine our pond fish.
▪ On mild autumn days, pond fish will be feeding enthusiastically, building up their fat reserves.
▪ Outside is a small garden pond.
▪ During the summer it thrives even in garden ponds.
▪ If looked after correctly, and given suitable conditions both goldfish and Orfe will live for 10-20 years in a garden pond.
Gardening Garden ponds An important part of garden design is the use of water as a feature.
▪ Remove any debris from the garden pond and thin out plants showing signs of excessive growth.
▪ For a really stunning effect, fit fully submerged lights into a garden pond or pool.
▪ Another good choice of pink would be N. Madame Wilfon Gonnere an almost double-cupped shape bloom suitable for the average garden pond.
▪ As the weather was nice I transferred the goldfish to my garden pond where he stayed from May to September.
▪ The house was fronted by a flat Italianate lily pond.
▪ The mill pond still existed during the 1950s, but has now been filled in.
▪ The mill pond is still maintained in good order although it is smaller, formerly extending right up to the back wall.
▪ To aid drainage of the area, the Leadon has been culverted, so much of the mill pond is dry.
▪ Within a few years of closure, the mill pond was filled in and much of the mill's machinery removed.
▪ Part of the main mill and the mill ponds have now gone.
▪ Much of the water control equipment and the mill pond embankments have not survived.
▪ The mill pond no longer exists, its place now taken by two fast-flowing streams.
▪ The yard was cleared, the mill pond dug out and an extensive programme of rebuilding and renovation carried out.
▪ Borden Stoppelgard is pond scum, Bernie.
▪ The pond water wasn't ever such good quality and we wondered if this may be the cause.
▪ This type of system works by pumping pond water through a quartz tube running parallel to an ultra violet germicidal lamp.
▪ The pond water was strangled with poisonous weed.
▪ Bring along, too, a sample of your pond water for analysis.
▪ It would be an idea to test the pond water for ammonia and nitrite when you restock with fish.
▪ Recently a remedy was introduced that can be added to the pond water and this is proving to be successful.
▪ Laverne is launched into the still treacle of pond water which reluctantly draws itself up like sluggish curtains to receive this intrusion.
▪ Eventually, I contemplated myself into making a decision that would build another pond on part of my patio.
▪ Ponds on a split level I intend to start building two ponds in my garden.
▪ I am building a new pond in an L shape.
▪ Could I come down one weekend and build such a pond for her?
▪ The freshly-dug earth was used to fill the old pond, which now forms a neat rockery around the patio.
▪ The remaining 200 to 300 acres will be restored to seasonal wetlands, which fill with freshwater ponds during the rains.
▪ If you're filling the pond with tap water, allow seven days for any chlorine to disappear before planting.
▪ Unfortunately not all of these varieties are suitable for keeping in a pond.
▪ I keep half a dozen pond mongrels in a tank, and every one is dear to me.
▪ If not, are there any fish I could keep in such a pond?
▪ For gravity-fed systems, it can sit in the pipework that returns water to the pond from the filter.
▪ Some males return to the ponds on subsequent nights, but because there are few females around, very little happens.
a big fish in a little/small pond
▪ a goldfish pond
Pond purloined: A Scarborough school's nature garden has been scuppered by thieves who made off with their fish pond.
▪ A water flea that is starving in a crowded pond is the victim not of food shortage but of competition.
▪ Alternatively dirt and silt could find their way back into the pond.
▪ And you come to lakes and you come to ponds and you come to deer and you come up on some sheep.
▪ I gaze at the pond in awe.
▪ So far this seems to have helped, as the pond has stayed quite clear though it is in constant sunlight.
▪ Where is the pond and its lilies?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pond \Pond\, v. t. To make into a pond; to collect, as water, in a pond by damming.


Pond \Pond\, v. t. [See Ponder.] To ponder. [Obs.]

Pleaseth you, pond your suppliant's plaint.


Pond \Pond\, n. [Probably originally, an inclosed body of water, and the same word as pound. See Pound an inclosure.] A body of water, naturally or artificially confined, and usually of less extent than a lake. ``Through pond or pool.''

Pond hen (Zo["o]l.), the American coot. See Coot (a) .

Pond lily (Bot.), the water lily. See under Water, and Illust. under Nymph[ae]a.

Pond snail (Zo["o]l.), any gastropod living in fresh-water ponds or lakes. The most common kinds are air-breathing snails (Pulmonifera) belonging to Limn[ae]a, Physa, Planorbis, and allied genera. The operculated species are pectinibranchs, belonging to Melantho, Valvata, and various other genera.

Pond spice (Bot.), an American shrub ( Tetranthera geniculata) of the Laurel family, with small oval leaves, and axillary clusters of little yellow flowers. The whole plant is spicy. It grows in ponds and swamps from Virginia to Florida.

Pond tortoise, Pond turtle (Zo["o]l.), any freshwater tortoise of the family Emydid[ae]. Numerous species are found in North America.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300 (mid-13c. in compounds), "artificially banked body of water," variant of pound "enclosed place" (see pound (n.2)). Applied locally to natural pools and small lakes from late 15c. Jocular reference to "the Atlantic Ocean" dates from 1640s. Pond scum (Spirogyra) is from 1864 (also called frog-spittle and brook-silk. As figurative for "someone extremely repulsive," from 1984.


n. 1 An inland body of standing water, either natural or man-made, that is smaller than a lake. 2 (lb en colloquial) The Atlantic Ocean. Especially in (term across the pond English). vb. 1 To block the flow of water so that it can escape only through evaporation or seepage; to dam. 2 To make into a pond; to collect, as water, in a pond by damming. 3 (context obsolete English) To ponder.


n. a small lake; "the pond was too small for sailing" [syn: pool]

Pond (disambiguation)

A pond is a small body of standing water.

Pond may also refer to:

Pond (band)

Pond was a band from Portland, Oregon. They formed in 1991 and broke up in 1998. They were signed to Sub Pop (first two albums) and the Work Group records sub-label of Sony Records (last album).

On October 23, 2010, Pond reunited for a show to commemorate the closing of Portland club Satyricon.

Pond (currency)

The pond was a currency unit issued in the Orange Free State and the South African Republic. It was prepared for, but not issued, in New Griqualand.

The word pond is Afrikaans for the word ' pound'. In fact, the South African pound banknotes of the South African Reserve Bank have the word 'Pond' inscribed, as do the banknotes of South West Africa that were issued between the 1930s and 1959.


A pond is a body of standing water, either natural or artificial, that is usually smaller than a lake. They may arise naturally in floodplains as part of a river system, or they may be somewhat isolated depressions (examples include vernal pools and prairie potholes). Usually they contain shallow water with marsh and aquatic plants and animals. A few animals also make their home in ponds, including both alligators and beavers. The type of life in a pond is generally determined by a combination of factors including water level regime (particularly depth and duration of flooding) and nutrient levels, but other factors may also be important, including presence or absence of shading by trees, presence or absence of streams, effects of grazing animals, and salinity.

Ponds are frequently human-constructed. In the countryside farmers and villagers dig a pond in their backyard or increase the depth of an existing pond by removing layers of mud during summer season. A wide variety of artificial bodies of water are classified as ponds. Some ponds are created specifically for habitat restoration, including water treatment. Others, like water gardens, water features and koi ponds are designed for aesthetic ornamentation as landscape or architectural features. Fish ponds are designed for commercial fish breeding, and solar ponds designed to store thermal energy. Standing bodies of water such as puddles, ponds, and lakes are often categorized separately from flowing water courses, such as brooks, creeks, streams or rivers. Nutrient levels and water quality in ponds can be controlled through natural process such as algal growth, or through artificial filtration, such as an algae scrubber.

Pond (Australian band)

Pond is a psychedelic rock band from Perth, Western Australia, formed in 2008. Featuring a revolving line-up, the band currently consists of Nick Allbrook, Jay Watson, Joe Ryan and Jamie Terry.

Pond often shares its members with fellow Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala. Jay Watson is a full member of both acts, while Pond band leader Nick Allbrook contributed to both bands from 2009 until 2013. Current Tame Impala members Kevin Parker, Cam Avery and Julien Barbagallo are all former members of Pond, with Parker continuing to work with the band as its record producer.

Usage examples of "pond".

Tim had always found himself especially attuned to the deserted charms of Candie Gardens in winter, enjoying the bare traceries of the trees and the widened harbour view, the few points of colour against the monochrome background - the red and pink of the camellias near the top gate, the hanging yellow bells of the winter-flowering abutilon with their red clappers, even the iridescence of the mallard drake circling the largest of the ponds with his speckled mate.

And saw a stream of animals, hoofed, padded, clawed and dashing, splashing through the ponds for Various Aquatic Birds, setting the night aflight - all of them making for the rear gate that opened to the Tiroler Garten.

Phosphorescent water-lilies floated like charming faces on the pond and the bush which Mazirian had brought from far Almery in the south tinctured the air with sweet fruity perfume.

He was a natural horseman and an excellent shot with bow, arbalest and rifle, and often went off by himself for days at a time, hunting in the high ranges of hills where the Breas ran white and fast through the locks and ponds of the old canal system.

She could not sit like a duck on a pond all night, so Ava carefully began to persuade Lady Purnam to have her new barouche plucked from the stream of carriages outside to drive Ava home.

The Baptist took his friend and walked with him apart from the others, along the spring-fed pond.

The Old Sweet is, in fact, a delightful old-fashioned resort, respectable and dull, with a pretty park, and a crystal pond that stimulates the bather like a glass of champagne, and perhaps has the property of restoring youth.

I had no one to whisper with and went off, with some plan or other in mind, down a birdless, perhaps brambly path which led straight from the castle pond and whispering grotto to the Zoppot highway.

It was hard, it was very wet, reinforced by having to strip naked, shove all their clothes and Bergen inside a bivvy bag and push the lot across a freezing pond.

ITT complex and finally coming together at a point known as Bleachery Pond, which is in the adjoining town of Clifton, directly across the highway from ITT.

He would take the cat over to the nearby water hole, Bleachery Pond, and bury it there.

He drove to the side of the elementary school, just above Bleachery Pond.

I think perhaps there is a bigger fish than the young Capella in his pond.

Pond on Colden Common, bordering on Otterbourne, and the green banks were strewn with shells left by the herons, but the Pond is fast drying up and the herons have been driven away by guns.

The idea of Harold steering his mother from the baboons to the sea lions, from the coypu pond to the zebra house, pulling her gently out of the way of supercilious camels with sticky children on their backs was, to Nell, infinitely touching.