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pounce

play
noun \ ˈpau̇n(t)s \

Definition of pounce

:the claw of a bird of prey

Origin and Etymology of pounce

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


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pounce

verb

Definition of pounce

pounced; pouncing
intransitive verb
1 a :to swoop upon and seize something with or as if with talons
b :to seize upon and make capital of something (such as another's blunder or an opportunity)
2 :to make a sudden assault or approach

First Known Use of pounce

1648


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pounce

noun

Definition of pounce

:the act of pouncing

First Known Use of pounce

1841


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pounce

verb

Definition of pounce

pounced; pouncing
transitive verb
:to dust, rub, finish, or stencil with pounce

Origin and Etymology of pounce

Middle French poncer, from ponce


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pounce

noun

Definition of pounce

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


POUNCE Defined for Kids

pounce

play
verb \ ˈpau̇ns \

Definition of pounce for Students

pounced; pouncing
1 :to suddenly jump toward and seize something with or as if with claws
  • The cat waited to pounce.
2 :to act, approach, or attack suddenly or without hesitation
  • I pounced on the opportunity.


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