from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An iron rod on which molten glass is handled when being shaped and worked. Also called pontil.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A metal rod used in the glassblowing process. After a glass vessel has been blown to approximate size and the bottom of the piece has been finalized, the rod, which is tipped with a wad of hot glass, is attached to the bottom of the vessel to hold it while the top is finalized. It often leaves an irregular or ring-shaped scar on the base when removed called the "pontil mark".
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See pontee.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as pontil.
- n. An oval or circular dot or depression: a kind of ornamentation employed in glass-cutting.
Probably from French pontil; see punt4.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1662, from French pontil, from Italian pontello or puntello, dim. of punto, from Latin punctum ("a point") (Wiktionary)