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Meaning of POUNCE

Pronunciation:  pawns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of pouncing
  2. [v]  move down on as if in an attack; "The raptor swooped down on its prey"; "The teacher swooped down upon the new students"

POUNCE is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: swoop
 See Also: bounce, bound, come down, descend, fall, go down, leap, leaping, saltation, spring, stoop



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pounce\, n. [F. ponce pumice, pounce, fr. L. pumex,
    -icis, pumice. See {Pumice}.]
    1. A fine powder, as of sandarac, or cuttlefish bone, --
       formerly used to prevent ink from spreading on manuscript.
    2. Charcoal dust, or some other colored powder for making
       patterns through perforated designs, -- used by
       embroiderers, lace makers, etc.
    {Pounce box}, a box for sprinkling pounce.
    {Pounce paper}, a transparent paper for tracing.
  2. \Pounce\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pounded}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To sprinkle or rub with pounce; as, to pounce paper, or a
  3. \Pounce\, n. [Prob. through French, from an assumed LL.
    punctiare to prick, L. pungere, punctum. See {Puncheon},
    {Punch}, v. t.]
    1. The claw or talon of a bird of prey. --Spenser. Burke.
    2. A punch or stamp. [Obs.] ``A pounce to print money with.''
    3. Cloth worked in eyelet holes. [Obs.] --Homilies.
  4. \Pounce\, v. t.
    1. To strike or seize with the talons; to pierce, as with the
       talons. [Archaic]
             Stooped from his highest pitch to pounce a wren.
             Now pounce him lightly, And as he roars and rages,
             let's go deeper.                      --J. Fletcher.
    2. To punch; to perforate; to stamp holes in, or dots on, by
       way of ornament. [Obs.] --Sir T. Elyot.
  5. \Pounce\, v. i.
    To fall suddenly and seize with the claws; -- with on or
    upon; as, a hawk pounces upon a chicken. Also used
          Derision is never so agonizing as when it pounces on
          the wanderings of misguided sensibility. --Jeffrey.
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