from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Botany A dehiscent fruit of a leguminous plant such as the pea.
- n. Botany A dry, several-seeded, dehiscent fruit. Also called seedpod.
- n. Zoology A protective covering that encases the eggs of some insects and fish.
- n. A casing or housing forming part of a vehicle, as:
- n. A streamlined external housing that encloses engines, machine guns, or fuel.
- n. Aerospace A detachable compartment on a spacecraft for carrying personnel or instrumentation.
- n. Something resembling a pod, as in compactness.
- intransitive v. To bear or produce pods.
- intransitive v. To expand or swell like a pod.
- transitive v. To remove (seeds) from a pod.
- n. A school of marine mammals, such as seals, whales, or dolphins. See Synonyms at flock1.
- n. The lengthwise groove in certain boring tools such as augers.
- n. The socket for holding the bit in a boring tool.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a seed case for legumes (e.g. peas, beans, peppers)
- n. a small vehicle, especially used in emergency situations
- v. To bear or produce pods
- v. To remove peas from their case.
- v. To swell or fill.
- n. A group of whales, dolphins, porpoises or hippopotami.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bag; a pouch.
- n. A capsule of plant, especially a legume; a dry dehiscent fruit. See Illust. of Angiospermous.
- n. A considerable number of animals closely clustered together; -- said of seals.
- intransitive v. To swell; to fill; also, to produce pods.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, a more or less elongated cylindrical or flatfish seed-vessel, as of the pea, bean, catalpa, etc.; technically, a legume or silicle, but applied commonly to any dry dehiscent (mostly)sever-al-seeded pericarp, whether of one carpel (follicle, leg ume)or of several (capsule). See cuts under Arachis, balloon-vine, circumscissile, Crueiferæ, divi-divi, and Eriodendron.
- n. The straight channel or groove in the body of certain forms of augers and boring-bits.
- n. The pike when nearly full-grown.
- n. A school or shoal, as of fishes or whales; a group or number, as of seals or walruses.
- To swell and assume the appearance of a pod.
- To produce pods.
- To drive seals or walruses into a pod or bunch for the purpose of clubbing them.
- n. . The blade of a cricket-bat.
- To assemble in small bands: specifically applied to the pups, or young, of the fur-seal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. produce pods, of plants
- n. a several-seeded dehiscent fruit as e.g. of a leguminous plant
- n. a detachable container of fuel on an airplane
- v. take something out of its shell or pod
- n. the vessel that contains the seeds of a plant (not the seeds themselves)
- n. a group of aquatic mammals
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English *pod ("seed-pod, husk, shell"), from Old English pād ("an outer garment, covering, coat, cloak"), from Proto-Germanic *paidō (“coat, smock, shirt”), from Proto-Indo-European *baitā- (“woolen clothes”). Cognate with Old Saxon pēda ("skirt"), German dialectal Pfeid, Pfeit ("shirt"), Gothic (paida, "mantle, skirt"), Ancient Greek (báitā, "goat-skin, fur-coat or tent"). (Wiktionary)
From a special use of Etymology 1. See above. (Wiktionary)