(Latin: weight, weigh; heavy; to consider, to think about; closely related to this pend-, "hang, weigh, to hand down" unit of words)
The tourists saw the groups of elephants making their ponderous ways across the plain in Kenya.2. Referring to something that is very thick and heavy: Kim tried to carry the ponderous bookcase down the stairs by herself and she slipped and broke her arm and badly bruised her leg.
3. Relating to something that is slow and difficult to accomplish: Victoria spent many ponderous hours cleaning the mud and debris from the flood waters that got into her basement.
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2. Heavy or awkward: The more ponderously corpulent, or overweight, man needed help to get up from the chair.
2. A unit of currency or money: The British child received a pound as a birthday gift which she planned to spend on lots of chocolates.
3. Etymology: developed from Old English (before 810) pund. The West Germanic stem punda- represents an early borrowing from Latin pondo, "a pound" or "pounds", originally in libra pondo, "a pound by weight" from pondo, "by weight".
The pound as a unit of money is recorded in Old English and was so called because originally it was a weight of silver, which was 12 ounces troy weight.
Several measures of pound for various commodities existed in Medieval Europe, and in England some of these were given specific names; such as, "Tower pound" and "merchant's pound".
The pound of 16 ounces (avoirdupois, weight or heaviness or commodities sold by weight), originally was used for weighing bulky material in the 1200s and 1300s, then it was established as a fixed weight for trade before 1377.
Karl's little girl was in her bedroom and couldn't get it open, so she was pounding on the door hoping someone would come and help her get out.2. To break or to crush something into very small pieces by hitting it repeatedly: The grains of wheat were pounded into flour.
3. To work hard at something for a long time: Hank was pounding away at his computer like he usually did until late at night as he was striving to complete more of his website project.
4. To beat quickly and loudly: Jillian woke up from the dream that she was having with her heart pounding in her ears.
The boxer took quite a pounding in the ring; however, he was still able to win the match because he was able to return his own poundings on his opponent.
The company's stocks took a pounding in the stock market.2. That which is beating loudly and fast: Lorna could feel the poundings of her heart in her chest when she heard someone trying to break into her apartment at night while she was calling the police on the phone.
2. Excess numbers or being greater in amounts: The preponderance of poor people is increasing more and more on a global scale.
Estimates indicate that there is a preponderance of women among the older populations.
There is a preponderance of lawyers in the U.S. Congress compared to other professions.