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Meaning of POMMEL

Pronunciation:  'pumul

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  1. [n]  an ornament in the shape of a ball on the hilt of a sword or dagger
  2. [n]  handgrip formed by the raised front part of a saddle
  3. [v]  strike, usually with the fist; "The pedestrians pummeled the demonstrators"
 Synonyms: biff, knob, pummel, saddlebow
 See Also: decoration, grip, handgrip, handle, hilt, hit, hold, horn, ornament, ornamentation, saddle, saddle horn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pom"mel\, n. [OE. pomel, OF. pomel, F. pommeau, LL.
    pomellus, fr. L. pomum fruit, LL. also, an apple. See
    A knob or ball; an object resembling a ball in form; as:
    (a) The knob on the hilt of a sword. --Macaulay.
    (b) The knob or protuberant part of a saddlebow.
    (c) The top (of the head). --Chaucer.
    (d) A knob forming the finial of a turret or pavilion.
  2. \Pom"mel\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pommeled}or {Pommelled};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Pommeling} or {Pommelling}.]
    To beat soundly, as with the pommel of a sword, or with
    something knoblike; hence, to beat with the fists. [Written
    also {pummel}.]
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