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A lake is a body of relatively still water of considerable size, localized in a basin, that is surrounded by land apart from a river, stream, or other form of moving water that serves to feed or drain the lake.

lake n 1: a body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land 2: a purplish red pigment prepared from lac or cochineal 3: any of numerous bright translucent organic pigments

Lake \Lake\, n. [Cf. G. laken.] A kind of fine white linen, formerly in use. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Lake \Lake\ (l[=a]k), n. [F. laque, fr. Per. See {Lac}.] A pigment formed by combining some coloring matter, usually by precipitation, with a metallic oxide or earth, esp. with aluminium hydrate; as, madder lake; Florentine lake; yellow lake, etc. [1913 Webster]

Lake \Lake\, n. [AS. lac, L. lacus; akin to AS. lagu lake, sea, Icel. l["o]gr; OIr. loch; cf. Gr. la`kkos pond, tank. Cf. {Loch}, {Lough}.] A large body of water contained in a depression of the earth's surface, and supplied from the drainage of a more or less extended area. [1913 Webster] Note: Lakes are for the most part of fresh water; the salt lakes, like the Great Salt Lake of Utah, have usually no outlet to the ocean. [1913 Webster] {Lake dwellers} (Ethnol.), people of a prehistoric race, or races, which inhabited different parts of Europe. Their dwellings were built on piles in lakes, a short distance from the shore. Their relics are common in the lakes of Switzerland. {Lake dwellings} (Arch[ae]ol.), dwellings built over a lake, sometimes on piles, and sometimes on rude foundations kept in place by piles; specifically, such dwellings of prehistoric times. Lake dwellings are still used by many savage tribes. Called also {lacustrine dwellings}. See {Crannog}. {Lake fly} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of dipterous flies of the genus {Chironomus}. In form they resemble mosquitoes, but they do not bite. The larv[ae] live in lakes. {Lake herring} (Zo["o]l.), the cisco ({Coregonus Artedii}). {Lake poets}, {Lake school}, a collective name originally applied in contempt, but now in honor, to Southey, Coleridge, and Wordsworth, who lived in the lake country of Cumberland, England, Lamb and a few others were classed with these by hostile critics. Called also {lakers} and {lakists}. {Lake sturgeon} (Zo["o]l.), a sturgeon ({Acipenser rubicundus}), of moderate size, found in the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River. It is used as food. {Lake trout} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of trout and salmon; in Europe, esp. {Salmo fario}; in the United States, esp. {Salvelinus namaycush} of the Great Lakes, and of various lakes in New York, Eastern Maine, and Canada. A large variety of brook trout ({Salvelinus fontinalis}), inhabiting many lakes in New England, is also called lake trout. See {Namaycush}. {Lake whitefish}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Whitefish}. {Lake whiting} (Zo["o]l.), an American whitefish ({Coregonus Labradoricus}), found in many lakes in the Northern United States and Canada. It is more slender than the common whitefish. [1913 Webster]

Lake \Lake\ (l[=a]k), v. i. [AS. l[=a]can, l[ae]can, to spring, jump, l[=a]c play, sport, or fr. Icel. leika to play, sport; both akin to Goth. laikan to dance. [root]120. Cf. {Knowledge}.] To play; to sport. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

Lake, MI Zip code(s): 48632 Lake, MS (town, FIPS 38600) Location: 32.34309 N, 89.32745 W Population (1990): 369 (152 housing units) Area: 2.4 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 39092 Lake, WV Zip code(s): 25121


A pond is a body of standing water, either natural or man-made, that is usually smaller than a lake. They may arise naturally in floodplains as part of a river system, or they may be somewhat isolated depressions (examples include vernal pools and prairie potholes).

pond n : a small lake; "the pond was too small for sailing" [syn: {pool}]

43 Moby Thesaurus words for "pond": artificial lake, bayou lake, cistern, dam, dead water, dike, etang, farm pond, fishpond, freshwater lake, glacial lake, inland sea, lagoon, laguna, lake, lakelet, landlocked water, linn, loch, lough, mere, millpond, millpool, nyanza, oxbow lake, plash, pondlet, pool, puddle, reservoir, salina, salt pond, stagnant water, standing water, still water, sump, tank, tarn, tidal pond, volcanic lake, water hole, water pocket, well

Pond \Pond\, n. [Probably originally, an inclosed body of water, and the same word as pound. See {Pound} an inclosure.] A body of water, naturally or artificially confined, and usually of less extent than a lake. ``Through pond or pool.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster] {Pond hen} (Zo["o]l.), the American coot. See {Coot} (a) . {Pond lily} (Bot.), the water lily. See under {Water}, and Illust. under {Nymph[ae]a}. {Pond snail} (Zo["o]l.), any gastropod living in fresh-water ponds or lakes. The most common kinds are air-breathing snails (Pulmonifera) belonging to Limn[ae]a, Physa, Planorbis, and allied genera. The operculated species are pectinibranchs, belonging to {Melantho}, {Valvata}, and various other genera. {Pond spice} (Bot.), an American shrub ({Tetranthera geniculata}) of the Laurel family, with small oval leaves, and axillary clusters of little yellow flowers. The whole plant is spicy. It grows in ponds and swamps from Virginia to Florida. {Pond tortoise}, {Pond turtle} (Zo["o]l.), any freshwater tortoise of the family {Emydid[ae]}. Numerous species are found in North America. [1913 Webster]

Pond \Pond\, v. t. [See {Ponder}.] To ponder. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Pleaseth you, pond your suppliant's plaint. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Pond \Pond\, v. t. To make into a pond; to collect, as water, in a pond by damming. [1913 Webster]

Pond, CA Zip code(s): 93280

Data Sources:

  • lake: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • lake: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lake: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lake: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lake: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • lake: U.S. Gazetteer (1990)
  • pond: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • pond: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • pond: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • pond: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • pond: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • pond: U.S. Gazetteer (1990)

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