pounce


1pounce

noun \ˈpan(t)s\

Definition of POUNCE

:  the claw of a bird of prey

Origin of POUNCE

Middle English, punching tool, dagger, talon — more at punch
First Known Use: 15th century

2pounce

intransitive verb
pouncedpounc·ing

Definition of POUNCE

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)
2
:  to make a sudden assault or approach

First Known Use of POUNCE

1744

Rhymes with POUNCE

3pounce

noun

Definition of POUNCE

:  the act of pouncing

First Known Use of POUNCE

1841

4pounce

transitive verb
pouncedpounc·ing

Definition of POUNCE

:  to dust, rub, finish, or stencil with pounce

Origin of POUNCE

Middle French poncer, from ponce
First Known Use: 1535

5pounce

noun

Definition of POUNCE

1
:  a fine powder formerly used to prevent ink from spreading
2
:  a fine powder for making stenciled patterns

Origin of POUNCE

French ponce pumice, from Middle French, from Late Latin pomic-, pomex, alteration of Latin pumic-, pumex — more at foam
First Known Use: circa 1706

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