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

  • 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.
  • To assemble in small bands: specifically applied to the pups, or young, of the fur-seal.
  • 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.
  • n. . The blade of a cricket-bat.

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)



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  • pod, n.

    Steve Raikow, 29 November 2015:

    New tech jargon spotted in the wild: Pod, noun, a podcast episode. Ex: "Today's pod is brought to you by squarespace." #jargonwatch #ugh

    December 28, 2015

  • A style of open-plan office. Following on from the cube farm (and in no way an improvement on it), the pod features low partitions (accidental eye-contact with neighbours becomes possible and effectiveness as a noise barrier is reduced to a minimum), no privacy and next to no storage space. Bookshelves are a luxury accorded only to those whose portion of the pod happens to abut a supporting wall.

    Etymology: viewed from above, workers bear a striking resemblance to peas in a pod.

    April 6, 2008

  • I suspect you won't have to wait long. ;-)

    January 25, 2008

  • Holy propaganda, Rummy man! I want a pods are there t-shirt!

    January 25, 2008