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pounce

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noun \ˈpau̇n(t)s\

Definition of pounce

  1. :  the claw of a bird of prey



Origin and Etymology of pounce

Middle English, punching tool, dagger, talon — more at punch


First Known Use: 15th century


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pounce

verb

Definition of pounce

pounced

pouncing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to swoop upon and seize something with or as if with talons b :  to seize upon and make capital of something (as another's blunder or an opportunity)

  3. 2 :  to make a sudden assault or approach



1648

First Known Use of pounce

1648


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pounce

noun

Definition of pounce

  1. :  the act of pouncing



1841

First Known Use of pounce

1841


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pounce

verb

Definition of pounce

pounced

pouncing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to dust, rub, finish, or stencil with pounce



Origin and Etymology of pounce

Middle French poncer, from ponce


First Known Use: 1535


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pounce

noun

Definition of pounce

  1. 1 :  a fine powder formerly used to prevent ink from spreading

  2. 2 :  a fine powder for making stenciled patterns



Origin and Etymology of pounce

French ponce pumice, from Middle French, from Late Latin pomic-, pomex, alteration of Latin pumic-, pumex — more at foam


First Known Use: 1705


POUNCE Defined for Kids

pounce

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verb \ˈpau̇ns\

Definition of pounce for Students

pounced

pouncing

  1. 1 :  to suddenly jump toward and seize something with or as if with claws <The cat waited to pounce.>

  2. 2 :  to act, approach, or attack suddenly or without hesitation <I pounced on the opportunity.>





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