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Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /paʊns/
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  • Rhymes: -aʊns

Etymology 1 edit

From French ponce, from Latin pūmex. Doublet of pumice.

Noun edit

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pounce (usually uncountable, plural pounces)

  1. (historical) A type of fine powder, as of sandarac, or cuttlefish bone, sprinkled over wet ink to dry the ink after writing or on rough paper to smooth the writing surface.
  2. (historical) Charcoal dust, or some other coloured powder for making patterns through perforated designs, used by embroiderers, lacemakers, etc.
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Verb edit

pounce (third-person singular simple present pounces, present participle pouncing, simple past and past participle pounced)

  1. (transitive) To sprinkle or rub with pounce powder.
    to pounce paper, or a pattern

Etymology 2 edit

From Middle English pounce, probably akin to punch. Possibly from Old French ponchonner (compare French poinçonner).

Noun edit

pounce (plural pounces)

  1. A sudden leaping attack.
    • 1999, Niki Anderson, Inspurrrational Stories for Cat Lovers:
      Again the cat jolted the bed with a pounce.
  2. (archaic) The claw or talon of a bird of prey.
  3. A punch or stamp.
    • 1602, John Withals, A Dictionarie in English and Latine for Children:
      a pounce to print money with
  4. Cloth worked in eyelet holes.
    • 1571, John Jewel et al., “An Homily Against excess of apparel”, in The Second Tome of Homilees [] :
      one spendeth his patrimony upon pounces and cuts

Verb edit

pounce (third-person singular simple present pounces, present participle pouncing, simple past and past participle pounced)

  1. (intransitive) To leap into the air intending to seize someone or something.
    The kitten pounced at the ball I threw to it.
    She pounced on the young man, because she loved him and wanted him for herself.
  2. (intransitive) To attack suddenly by leaping.
    I was awakened from a dead sleep by my child pouncing on top of me from out of nowhere.
  3. (intransitive) To eagerly seize an opportunity.
    I pounced on the chance to get promoted.
    While he was out of town on vacation, I pounced, leaking the photos.
    Why would I talk to the press and give them a chance to pounce on me?
    • 2011 March 2, Chris Whyatt, “Arsenal 5 - 0 Leyton Orient”, in BBC[1]:
      Irish debutant Conor Henderson - another ball-playing midfielder - probed for a gap through the back-line and the 19-year-old's deflected pass was pounced on by Tomas Rosicky, who sped to the byeline to clip a square ball through the legs of Charlie Daniels across the box.
  4. (transitive) To strike or seize with the talons; to pierce, as with the talons.
  5. (transitive) To stamp holes in; to perforate.
Synonyms edit
  • (instance of propelling oneself into air): leap, jump, bounce
  • (instance of causing oneself to fall from an elevated place): strike, attack
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References edit

  • pounce”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.

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  1. Alternative form of paunche