pool Definition

  • 1a small area of still water, typically one formed naturally
  • 2a swimming pool
  • 3a supply of people or things available for use when required

Using pool: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "pool" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The children were playing in the pool.

  • Example

    I went for a swim in the hotel pool.

  • Example

    We have a pool of candidates to choose from.

  • Example

    The company has a large pool of resources to draw upon.

pool Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using pool

  • competing in the same market or industry


    The two companies are swimming in the same pool, trying to attract the same customers.

  • trying something out to see if it will be successful


    Before launching the new product, they decided to test the waters with a small group of customers.

  • pool resources

    to combine resources with others in order to achieve a common goal


    The two organizations decided to pool their resources to fund the project.

Phrases with pool

  • the stock of different genes in an interbreeding population


    The gene pool of the endangered species is very limited.

  • an arrangement where several people travel together in one car, typically to work or school


    We started a car pool to save money on gas.

  • a billiards table


    He spends hours playing pool with his friends.

Origins of pool

from Old English 'pōl', meaning 'small body of water'


Summary: pool in Brief

The term 'pool' [puːl] refers to a small area of still water, such as a pond or swimming pool. It can also refer to a supply of people or things available for use when required, as in 'We have a pool of candidates to choose from.' 'Pool' extends into phrases like 'gene pool,' and idioms like 'swimming in the same pool,' denoting competition, and 'pool resources,' implying cooperation.

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