pot1(pot),USA pronunciationn., v.,pot•ted, pot•ting. n.
a container of earthenware, metal, etc., usually round and deep and having a handle or handles and often a lid, used for cooking, serving, and other purposes.
such a container with its contents:a pot of stew.
the amount contained in or held by a pot; potful.
a container of liquor or other drink:a pot of ale.
liquor or other drink.
Botanya cagelike vessel for trapping fish, lobsters, eels, etc., typically made of wood, wicker, or wire. Cf. lobster pot.
a chamber pot.
a vessel for melting metal; melting pot.
an electrolytic cell for reducing certain metals, as aluminum, from fused salts.
See chimney pot.
[Dial.]a basket or box used for carrying provisions or the like; a pannier.
Slang Termsa large sum of money.
all the money bet at a single time; pool.
British Terms(in horse racing) the favorite.
Weights and Measuresa liquid measure, usually equal to a pint or quart.
an open, broad-brimmed helmet of the 17th century.
any open helmet.
Slang Termsa potbelly.
Idiomsgo to pot, to become ruined; deteriorate:With no one to care for it, the lovely old garden went to pot.
Idiomssweeten the pot. See sweeten (def. 8).
to put into a pot.
to preserve (food) in a pot.
to cook in a pot.
to transplant into a pot:We must pot the petunias.
to shoot (game birds) on the ground or water, or (game animals) at rest, instead of in flight or running:He can't even pot a sitting duck.
to shoot for food, not for sport.
Informal Termsto capture, secure, or win.
Informal Termsto take a potshot; shoot.
1150–1200; Middle English pott (see potter1); cognate with Dutch, Low German pot (perh. French pot)
Drugs, Slang Termsmarijuana.
said to be a shortening of Mexican Spanish potiguaya or potaguaya, apparently contraction of potación de guaya wine or brandy in which marijuana buds have been steeped (literally, drink of grief ) 1935–40, American.
pot3(pot),USA pronunciationn.[Scot. and North Eng.]
Scottish Termsa deep hole; pit.
1325–75; Middle English; perh. identical with pot1