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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.
3. Entomol.
a. an insect egg case.
b. a compact mass of insect eggs.
4. a streamlined enclosure, housing, or detachable container of some kind: an engine pod under the wing of an aircraft.
5. a protective compartment, as for an automobile's instrument gauges.
6. Mining.an orebody that has an elongated or lenticular shape.
7. Radio and Television Slang.a cluster of brief commercials or spot announcements.

1. to produce pods.
2. to swell out like a pod.


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


Pronunciation: (pod), [key]
1. the straight groove or channel in the body of certain augers or bits.
2. Carpentry.pad1 (def. 15b).


a learned borrowing from Greek meaning “foot,” used in the formation of compound words: pododynia. Also, esp. before a consonant,podo-.


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 in -poda, with -pod used in English to name a single member of such a class: cephalopod. Cf. -ped.


port of debarkation.


1. pay on delivery.
2. Post Office Department.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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