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Hash vs. Pound: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
"Hash" refers to a symbol (#) commonly used for tagging, as well as a verb meaning to chop or mix. "Pound" can denote a unit of weight measurement (lb) and also represents a symbol (£) used to denote British currency.
Hash vs. Pound

Key Differences

A Hash, represented by the symbol '#', is commonly used in social media for tagging and categorizing content. In contrast, a Pound, denoted as 'lb' (from the Latin 'libra'), is a unit of weight measurement.
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The Hash symbol is also used in computing and programming to denote comments or specific functions. The Pound, as a unit of currency, is symbolized by '£' and is the official currency of the United Kingdom.
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In culinary terms, 'hash' refers to a dish consisting of diced or chopped meat and often potatoes, cooked together. Meanwhile, 'pound' can also refer to a force exerted by one pound of mass in standard gravity.
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The term 'hash' extends to technology, referring to a hash function or hash value in cryptography. In a different context, 'pound' can also mean the act of pounding or beating with force.
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'Hash' can also imply making a mess or muddle of something, as in the phrase "to make a hash of something." On the other hand, 'pound' may refer to a place where stray or lost animals are kept, as in a dog pound.
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Comparison Chart

Symbol

# (used for tagging, programming)
Lb (weight measurement), £ (UK currency)
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In Computing

Refers to hash functions or hash values.
Not typically used in computing contexts.
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Culinary Use

A dish of chopped meat and potatoes.
A unit of measurement for ingredients.
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Additional Meaning

Making a mess or muddle of something.
The act of pounding; a place for stray animals.
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Context of Use

Social media, programming, cuisine.
Finance, cooking, physical force, animal care.
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Hash and Pound Definitions

Hash

A dish of chopped meat and potatoes.
For breakfast, he cooked a delicious corned beef hash.
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Pound

A unit of weight measurement (lb).
The package weighed five pounds.
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To chop or mix food into small pieces.
She hashed the vegetables finely for the soup.
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Pound

The force exerted by one pound of mass.
The boxer's punch had the force of several hundred pounds.
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Hash

Making a mess or confusing situation.
The project was a success until he made a hash of the final presentation.
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Pound

A unit of weight equal to 16 ounces (453.592 grams).
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Hash

In computing, a function for data encryption.
The system uses a hash algorithm for secure password storage.
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Pound

A unit of apothecary weight equal to 12 ounces (373.242 grams). See Table at measurement.
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A dish of chopped meat, potatoes, and sometimes vegetables, usually browned.
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Pound

A unit of weight differing in various countries and times.
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Hash

A jumble; a hodgepodge.
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Pound

See pound-force.
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Hash

(Informal) A mess
Made a hash of the project.
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Pound

See pound-mass.
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Hash

A reworking or restatement of already familiar material.
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Pound

The primary unit of currency in the United Kingdom, worth 20 shillings or 240 old pence before the decimalization of 1971. Also called pound sterling.
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Hash

Hashish.
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Pound

See Table at currency.
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Hash

The symbol (#); the pound sign.
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Pound

The primary unit of currency in Ireland and Cyprus before the adoption of the euro.
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Hash

To chop into pieces; mince.
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Pound

A primary unit of currency in Scotland before the Act of Union (1707). Also called pound scots.
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Hash

(Informal) To make a mess of; mangle.
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Pound

The pound key on a telephone.
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Hash

(Informal) To discuss carefully; review
Hash over future plans.
Hash out a solution.
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Pound

A heavy blow.
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Hash

Food, especially meat and potatoes, chopped and mixed together.
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Pound

The sound of a heavy blow; a thump.
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Hash

A confused mess.
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Pound

The act of pounding.
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Hash

(typography) The # symbol (octothorpe, pound).
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Pound

An animal shelter, especially one operated by a public agency to house stray or confiscated animals.
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Hash

(computing) The result generated by a hash function.
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Pound

A public enclosure for the confinement of stray livestock.
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Hash

One guess made by a mining computer in the effort of finding the correct answer which releases the next unit of cryptocurrency; see also hashrate.
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Pound

A tank or submerged cage, as on a boat, in which live fish or shellfish are kept.
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Hash

A new mixture of old material; a second preparation or exhibition; a rehashing.
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Pound

New England An establishment at which live lobsters are kept and sold, often also offering no-frills restaurant service.
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Hash

A hash run.
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Pound

A place in which vehicles impounded by the authorities are held until redeemed by their owners.
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Hash

(Scotland) A stupid fellow.
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Pound

(Archaic) A prison.
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Hash

(informal) Hashish, a drug derived from the cannabis plant.
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Pound

To strike repeatedly and forcefully, especially with the hand or a tool
Pounded the nail with a hammer.
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Hash

(transitive) To chop into small pieces, to make into a hash.
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Pound

To assault with military force
Pounded the bunker with mortars.
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Hash

To make a quick, rough version. en
We need to quickly hash up some plans.
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Pound

To beat to a powder or pulp; pulverize or crush
Pound corn into meal.
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Hash

To transform according to a hash function.
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Pound

To instill by persistent, emphatic repetition
Pounded knowledge into the students' heads.
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Hash

To make a mess of (something); to ruin.
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Pound

To produce energetically, as from forceful use of the hands. Often used with out
"a tinny piano pounding out Happy Birthday down the block" (Laura Kascischke).
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Hash

That which is hashed or chopped up; meat and vegetables, especially such as have been already cooked, chopped into small pieces and mixed.
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Pound

To cause harm or loss to; affect adversely
Stocks that were pounded when energy prices rose.
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Hash

A new mixture of old matter; a second preparation or exhibition.
I can not bear elections, and still less the hash of them over again in a first session.
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Pound

To defeat soundly
Pounded their rivals in the season finale.
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Hash

Hashish.
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Pound

To attack verbally; criticize
Was pounded for months in the press.
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Hash

To chop into small pieces; to mince and mix; as, to hash meat.
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Pound

(Slang) To drink quickly (a beverage, especially an alcoholic one). Often used with back or down
Pounded back a few beers after work.
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Hash

Chopped meat mixed with potatoes and browned
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Pound

To strike vigorous, repeated blows
He pounded on the table.
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Hash

Purified resinous extract of the hemp plant; used as a hallucinogen
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Pound

To move along heavily and noisily
The children pounded up the stairs.
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Hash

Chop up;
Hash the potatoes
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Pound

To pulsate rapidly and heavily; throb
My heart pounded.
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Hash

A symbol (#) used for tagging on social media.
Use the hash #fitness to find health-related posts.
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Pound

To move or work laboriously
A ship that pounded through heavy seas.
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Pound

To confine (an animal) in a pound.
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Pound

A unit of weight in various measurement systems
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Pound

Ellipsis of pound weight
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Pound

The translated name of various non-English units of measure
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Pound

A unit of mass in various measurement systems
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Pound

Ellipsis of pound mass
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Pound

The translated name of various non-English units of measure
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Pound

A unit of mass equal to 16 avoirdupois ounces (= 453.592 g). Today this value is the most common meaning of "pound" as a unit of weight.
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Pound

A unit of mass equal to 12 troy ounces (≈ 373.242 g). Today, this is a common unit of mass when measuring precious metals, and is little used elsewhere.
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Pound

A unit of force in various measurement systems
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Pound

Ellipsis of pound force
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Pound

The translated name of various non-English units of measure
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Pound

A unit of currency in various currency systems
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Pound

The translated name of various non-English units of currency
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Pound

The unit of currency used in the United Kingdom and its dependencies. It is divided into 100 pence. Symbol £.
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Pound

Any of various units of currency used in Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan and Syria, and formerly in the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Israel.
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Pound

Any of various units of currency formerly used in the United States.
The Rhode Island pound; the New Hampshire pound
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Pound

(US) The symbol # (octothorpe, hash, number sign)
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Pound

A place for the detention of stray or wandering animals.
Dog pound
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Pound

(metonymy) The people who work for the pound.
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Pound

(UK) A place for the detention of automobiles that have been illegally parked, abandoned, etc.
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Pound

A section of a canal between two adjacent locks.
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Pound

A kind of fishing net, having a large enclosure with a narrow entrance into which fish are directed by wings spreading outward.
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Pound

(Newfoundland) a division inside a fishing stage where cod is cured in salt brine
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Pound

A hard blow.
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Pound

To wager a pound on.
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Pound

To confine in, or as in, a pound; to impound.
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Pound

(transitive) To strike hard, usually repeatedly.
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Pound

(transitive) To crush to pieces; to pulverize.
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Pound

To eat or drink very quickly.
You really pounded that beer!
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Pound

To pitch consistently to a certain location.
The pitcher has been pounding the outside corner all night.
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Pound

To beat strongly or throb.
As I tiptoed past the sleeping dog, my heart was pounding but I remained silent.
My head was pounding.
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Pound

To penetrate sexually, with vigour.
I was pounding her all night!
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Pound

To advance heavily with measured steps.
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Pound

(engineering) To make a jarring noise, as when running.
The engine pounds.
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Pound

To strike repeatedly with some heavy instrument; to beat.
With cruel blows she pounds her blubbered cheeks.
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Pound

To comminute and pulverize by beating; to bruise or break into fine particles with a pestle or other heavy instrument; as, to pound spice or salt.
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Pound

To strike heavy blows; to beat.
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Pound

To make a jarring noise, as in running; as, the engine pounds.
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Pound

To confine in, or as in, a pound; to impound.
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Pound

An inclosure, maintained by public authority, in which cattle or other animals are confined when taken in trespassing, or when going at large in violation of law; a pinfold.
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Pound

A level stretch in a canal between locks.
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Pound

A kind of net, having a large inclosure with a narrow entrance into which fish are directed by wings spreading outward.
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Pound

A certain specified weight; especially, a legal standard consisting of an established number of ounces.
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Pound

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.
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Pound

16 ounces;
He tried to lift 100 pounds
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Pound

The basic unit of money in Great Britain; equal to 100 pence
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Pound

The basic unit of money in Syria; equal to 100 piasters
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Pound

The basic unit of money in the Sudan; equal to 100 piasters
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Pound

The basic unit of money in Lebanon; equal to 100 piasters
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Pound

Formerly the basic unit of money in Ireland; equal to 100 pence
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Pound

The basic unit of money in Egypt; equal to 100 piasters
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Pound

The basic unit of money in Cyprus; equal to 100 cents
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Pound

A nontechnical unit of force equal to the mass of 1 pound with an acceleration of free fall equal to 32 feet/sec/sec
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Pound

United States writer who lived in Europe; strongly influenced the development of modern literature (1885-1972)
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Pound

A public enclosure for stray or unlicensed dogs;
Unlicensed dogs will be taken to the pound
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Pound

The act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows);
The sudden hammer of fists caught him off guard
The pounding of feet on the hallway
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Pound

Hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument;
The salesman pounded the door knocker
A bible-thumping Southern Baptist
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Pound

Strike or drive against with a heavy impact;
Ram the gate with a sledgehammer
Pound on the door
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Pound

Move heavily or clumsily;
The heavy man lumbered across the room
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Pound

Move rhythmically;
Her heart was beating fast
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Pound

Partition off into compartments;
The locks pound the water of the canal
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Pound

Shut up or confine in any enclosure or within any bounds or limits;
The prisoners are safely pounded
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Pound

Place or shut up in a pound;
Pound the cows so they don't stray
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Pound

Break down and crush by beating, as with a pestle;
Pound the roots with a heavy flat stone
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Pound

British currency symbolized by '£'.
The book cost twenty pounds in the UK.
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Pound

To beat or strike with force.
He pounded the dough with his fists.
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Pound

A place where stray animals are kept.
The lost dog was found in the local pound.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

How is hash used in cooking?

In cooking, hash is a dish made of chopped meat and potatoes.
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What is a pound in weight measurement?

A pound (lb) is a unit of weight measurement in the imperial system.
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What does the hash symbol (#) represent?

The hash symbol (#) is used for tagging on social media and in programming.
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What does the pound symbol (£) signify?

The pound symbol (£) represents the currency of the United Kingdom.
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What is the value of a pound in currency?

The value of a pound (£) varies based on current market exchange rates.
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What does it mean to pound something?

To pound something means to beat or strike it with force.
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How is the hash symbol used in social media?

On social media, the hash symbol is used for creating and following hashtags.
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Can hash refer to a confused situation?

Yes, saying someone made a hash of something means they created a mess or confusion.
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What does 'hashing' mean in data security?

Hashing in data security refers to encrypting data into a fixed-size hash value.
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Can pound be used to describe force?

Yes, pound can describe the force exerted by one pound of mass.
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What is a hash function in computing?

A hash function in computing is used for creating a unique, fixed-size value from data.
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What countries use the pound currency?

The United Kingdom and some of its territories use the pound currency.
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What is the purpose of a pound for animals?

An animal pound is a facility where stray or lost animals are kept.
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How is the hash symbol used in Twitter?

On Twitter, the hash symbol is used for hashtags to categorize tweets.
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Does a pound differ from a kilogram?

Yes, a pound is a smaller unit of weight compared to a kilogram.
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Is the hash symbol used in programming?

Yes, in programming, the hash symbol denotes comments or special functions.
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Is the hash symbol the same as the number sign?

Yes, the hash symbol is also known as the number sign.
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What kinds of foods are in a hash dish?

A hash dish typically includes chopped meat and potatoes, often with onions and spices.
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How many ounces are in a pound?

There are 16 ounces in a pound.
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What animals are typically found in a pound?

Dogs and cats are commonly found in animal pounds.
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