Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) metal or earthenware cooking vessel that is usually round and deep; often has a handle and lid
  2. (noun, artifact) a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination
  3. (noun, quantity) the quantity contained in a pot
  4. (noun, artifact) a container in which plants are cultivated
  5. (noun, quantity) (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
    a deal of trouble
    a lot of money
    he made a mint on the stock market
    see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos
    it must have cost plenty
    a slew of journalists
    a wad of money
  6. (noun, possession) the cumulative amount involved in a game (such as poker)
  7. (noun, body) slang for a paunch
  8. (noun, artifact) a resistor with three terminals, the third being an adjustable center terminal; used to adjust voltages in radios and TV sets
  9. (noun, artifact) street names for marijuana
  10. (verb, contact) plant in a pot

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Pot

  1. "vessel," from late O.E. pott and O.Fr. pot, both from a general Low Gmc. and Romanic word from V.L. *pottus, of uncertain origin, said by OED to be unconnected to L.L. potus "drinking cup" (c.600). Celtic forms are said to be borrowed from Eng. and French. Slang meaning "large sum of money staked on a bet" is attested from 1823. Potbellied is… more
  2. "marijuana," 1938, probably a shortened form of Mexican Sp. potiguaya "marijuana leaves." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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