Swimming pool
A swimming pool, swimming bath, wading pool, or simply a pool, is a container filled with water intended for swimming or water-based recreation
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. There are many standard sizes; the largest is the Olympic-size swimming pool. A pool can be built either above or in the ground, and from materials such as concrete (also known as gunite), metal
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, plastic
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 or fiberglass
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Pools that may be used by many people or by the general public are called public, while pools used exclusively by a few people or in a home are called private.