1a rounded or cylindrical container, typically of metal, used for cooking:pots and pans hung from a rack
[usually with modifier or in combination] any of various containers made for a particular purpose, especially one used for storage:a yogurt pota coffee pot
a container for holding drink, especially beer.
the contents of a pot:a pot of coffee
2 (the pot) the total sum of the bets made on a round in poker, brag, etc.:Jim raked in half the pot
all the money contributed by a group of people for a particular purpose:in insurance, everybody puts money into the pot used to pay claims
3 informal a prize in a sporting contest, especially a silver cup.
4 informal a pot belly:men pat their pots proudly and talk of how they must have got through a few skinfuls
5 informal an engine cylinder.
6 Billiards & Snooker a shot in which a player strikes a ball into a pocket:he put together a 36 clearance to blue which was full of difficult pots
1plant in a flowerpot:pot individual cuttings as soon as you see new young leaves
(pot something on) transplant a plant from a small flowerpot to a larger one.
(pot something up) transplant a seedling into a flowerpot.
2preserve (food, especially meat or fish) in a sealed pot or jar:venison can be potted in the same way as tongue
3 Billiards & Snooker strike (a ball) into a pocket:he failed to pot a red at close range
4 informal hit or kill by shooting:he was shot in the eye as neighbours potted clay pigeons
succeed in obtaining (something desirable); win:do you fancy potting a fine trophy?
5 [no object] make articles from earthenware or baked clay:why not paint or pot in the sun this winter?
6British sit (a young child) on a potty.
7encapsulate (an electrical component or circuit) in a synthetic resin or similar insulating material which sets solid.
for the pot
for food or cooking:he shot a pigeon for the pot
go to pot
informal deteriorate through neglect:the foundry was allowed to go to pot in the seventies
the pot calling the kettle black
used to convey that the criticisms a person is aiming at someone else could equally well apply to themselves:the Council is complaining that the post office is slow at communication—talk about pot calling the kettle black!