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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tool with a sharp point used in metalworking to mark centers or center lines on pieces to be drilled.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to create a small hole or indentation in a workpiece as a guide in preparation for drilling
  • n. a device used to create a small indentation in preparation for drilling a hole
  • n. the small indentation created by such a device

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A punch for making indentations or dots in a piece of work, as for suspension between lathe centers, etc.
  • A punch for punching holes in sheet metal, having a small conical center to insure correct locating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tool consisting of a small piece of steel with a hardened point at one end, used for making an indentation, such as to mark the center of a hole to be drilled or a circle to be struck, or as a center of revolution in a lathe. Also called dot-punch and prick-punch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a small hole in something as a guide for a drill
  • n. a tool with a conical point that is used to make indentations in metal (especially to mark points for drilling)

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