pommel

noun
pom·​mel | \ ˈpə-məl How to pronounce pommel (audio) , ˈpä- How to pronounce pommel (audio) \

Definition of pommel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the knob on the hilt of a sword or saber
2 : the protuberance at the front and top of a saddle
3 : either of a pair of removable rounded or U-shaped handles used on the top of a pommel horse

pommel

verb
pom·​mel | \ ˈpə-məl How to pronounce pommel (audio) \
pommeled or pommelled; pommeling or pommelling\ ˈpə-​mə-​liŋ How to pronounce pommel (audio) , ˈpəm-​liŋ \

Definition of pommel (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of pommel in a Sentence

Verb the elderly woman pommeled the would-be thief with her handbag until he begged for mercy
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One thing to look for in a camping hatchet is a solid, flat pommel--that’s the part of the hatchet head on the other end from the cutting edge. Outdoor Life, "Best Hatchets for Camping, Wood Splitting, Survival, and More," 23 Feb. 2021 The most important feature is its pommel, which acts as a spear and can pierce plexiglass or helicopter windows with ease. Matt Fratus, Field & Stream, "The Stories Behind 7 Infamous U.S. Military Knives," 19 Aug. 2020 Depending on the make and model, your knife may have a pommel that comes to a point for precise impact (like smashing glass or skulls). Popular Science, "Eight survival knife skills you might need in an emergency," 15 June 2020 Other lavish artifacts laid to rest with the man include a nearly eight-inch copper dagger adorned with a whale bone pommel, or rounded knob at the end of its handle, and a wrist guard made of rare green stone. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Bronze Age Chieftain’s Remains Found Beneath U.K. Skate Park," 5 May 2020 Pound the slices on a clean rock with the pommel of your knife to tenderize the meat and flatten it to a consistent thickness. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Wild Fires," 9 Jan. 2017 Depending on the make and model, your knife may have a pommel that comes to a point for precise impact (like smashing glass or skulls). Popular Science, "Eight survival knife skills you might need in an emergency," 15 June 2020 Depending on the make and model, your knife may have a pommel that comes to a point for precise impact (like smashing glass or skulls). Popular Science, "Eight survival knife skills you might need in an emergency," 15 June 2020 Depending on the make and model, your knife may have a pommel that comes to a point for precise impact (like smashing glass or skulls). Popular Science, "Eight survival knife skills you might need in an emergency," 15 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb It’s the first alpine ski area at Hatcher Pass — long a destination for cross country skiers — since the 1970s, when there was a rope tow and pommel lift at Independence Mine. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Skeetawk, Alaska’s new alpine ski area at Hatcher Pass, opens this weekend," 4 Dec. 2020 Not surprisingly, the five fastest serves ever recorded were pommeled by players 6-foot-4 or bigger. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "How Elite Tennis Players Crank Out Serves at 150 MPH," 12 July 2019 The President’s $17 million home on the island of St. Martin, Le Chateau des Palmiers, was pommeled by Irma days earlier as the then-Category 5 storm wreaked havoc on several Caribbean islands. Mackenzie Schmidt, PEOPLE.com, "Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club Assesses Damage after Indirect Hit from Hurricane Irma," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of pommel

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pommel

Noun and Verb

Middle English pomel, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *pomellum ball, knob, from diminutive of Latin pomum fruit

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The first known use of pommel was in the 14th century

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21 Mar 2021

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“Pommel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pommel. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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pommel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pommel

: a high, round part on the front of a saddle

pommel

noun
pom·​mel | \ ˈpə-məl How to pronounce pommel (audio) \

Kids Definition of pommel

: a rounded knob on the handle of a sword or at the front of a saddle

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