3. A kind of net, having a large inclosure with a narrow entrance into which fish are directed by wings spreading outward. Pound covert, a pound that is close or covered over, as a shed. Pound overt, a pound that is open overhead.
Origin: AS. Pund an inclosure: cf. Forpyndan to turn away, or to repress, also Icel. Pynda to extort, torment, Ir. Pont, pond, pound. Cf. Pinder, Pinfold, Pin to inclose, Pond.
Origin: AS. Pund, fr. L. Pondo, akin to pondus a weight, pendere top weigh. See Pendant.
The pound in general use in the united states and in England is the pound avoirdupois, which is divided into sixteen ounces, and contains 7,000 grains. The pound troy is divided into twelve ounces, and contains 5,760 grains. 144 pounds avoirdupois are equal to 175 pounds troy weight. See Avoirdupois, and Troy.
2. A British denomination of money of account, equivalent to twenty shillings sterling, and equal in value to about $4.86. There is no coin known by this name, but the gold sovereign is of the same value.