center punch


Definition of center punch

: a hand punch consisting of a short steel bar with a hardened conical point at one end used for marking the centers of holes to be drilled

Examples of center punch in a Sentence

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First Known Use of center punch

1825, in the meaning defined above

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“Center punch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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