from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To spring or swoop with intent to seize someone or something: a cat that pounced on a mouse; watched the falcon pounce on the baby rabbit.
- intransitive v. To attack suddenly: irregular troops who pounced on the convoy at a narrow pass; a colleague who pounced on me because of a mistake in my report.
- intransitive v. To seize something swiftly and eagerly: pounce on an opportunity.
- transitive v. To seize with or as if with talons.
- n. The act or an instance of pouncing.
- n. The talon or claw of a bird of prey.
- n. A fine powder formerly used to smooth and finish writing paper and soak up ink.
- n. A fine powder, such as pulverized charcoal, dusted over a stencil to transfer a design to an underlying surface.
- transitive v. To sprinkle, smooth, or treat with pounce.
- transitive v. To transfer (a stenciled design) with pounce.
- transitive v. To ornament (metal, for example) by perforating from the back with a pointed implement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of fine powder sprinkled over wet ink to dry the ink after writing.
- v. To leap into the air intending to seize someone or something.
- v. To attack suddenly.
- v. To eagerly seize an opportunity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fine powder, as of sandarac, or cuttlefish bone, -- formerly used to prevent ink from spreading on manuscript.
- n. Charcoal dust, or some other colored powder for making patterns through perforated designs, -- used by embroiderers, lace makers, etc.
- transitive v. To sprinkle or rub with pounce.
- n. The claw or talon of a bird of prey.
- n. A punch or stamp.
- n. Cloth worked in eyelet holes.
- transitive v. To strike or seize with the talons; to pierce, as with the talons.
- transitive v. To punch; to perforate; to stamp holes in, or dots on, by way of ornament.
- intransitive v. To fall suddenly and seize with the claws; -- with on or upon. Also used figuratively.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To punch; prick; perforate; make holes in; specifically, to ornament by perforating or cutting; ornament with holes, especially eyelet-holes.
- To cut, as glass or metal; ornament by cutting.
- To seize with the pounces; strike suddenly with the claws or talons.
- In hat-making, to raise a nap on (a felt hat). See pouncing-machine.
- To fall on and seize with the pounces or talons; dart or dash upon, like a bird of prey upon its victim; seize suddenly: used with on or upon.
- n. A punch or puncheon; a stamp.
- n. A sharp-pointed graver.
- n. Cloth pounced, or worked with eyelet-holes.
- n. A claw or talon of a bird of prey; the claw or paw of any animal.
- n. A substance, such as powdered sepia-bone or powdered sandarach, used to prevent blotting in rewriting over erasures, and in medicine as an antacid; also, a similar powder used in the preparation of parchment or writing-paper.
- n. A powder (especially, the gum of the juniper-tree reduced to a finely pulverized state, or finely powdered pipe-clay darkened by charcoal) inclosed in a bag of some open stuff, and passed over holes pricked in a design to transfer the lines to a paper underneath. This kind of pounce is used by embroiderers to transfer their patterns to their stuffs; also by fresco-painters, and sometimes by engravers.
- n. A powder used as a medicine or cosmetic.
- To sprinkle or rub with pounce; powder.
- To trace by rubbing pounce through holes pricked in the outline of a pattern: as, to pounce a design. See pouncing.
- To imprint or copy a design upon by means of pounce. See pouncing.
- In hat-making, to grind or finish (felt hats) by dressing them with sandpaper.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of pouncing
- v. move down on as if in an attack
From Middle English, pointed tool, talon of a hawk, perhaps variant of ponson, pointed tool; see puncheon1.
French ponce, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *pōmex, *pōmic-, from Latin pūmex, pumice.
Middle English pouncen, probably from Old French poinssonner, from poinson, pointed tool; see puncheon1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French ponce, from Latin pumex. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, probably akin to punch. Possibly from Old French poinçonner; cf. poinçon. (Wiktionary)