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POUNCE, n. pouns.

1. Gum-sandarach pulverized, a fine powder used to prevent ink from spreading on paper.

2. Charcoal dust inclosed in some open stuff, as muslin, &c. to be passed over holes pricked in the work, to mark the lines or designs on a paper underneath. This kind of pounce is used by embroiderers to transfer their patterns upon their stuffs; also by lace-makers,and sometimes by engravers. It is also used in varnishing.

3. Cloth worked in eyelet-holes.

POUNCE, v.t. To sprinkle or rub with pounce.

POUNCE,n. [L. pungo.] The claw or talon of a bird of prey.

POUNCE, v.i. To fall on suddenly; to fall on and seize with the claws; as, a rapacious fowl pounces on a chicken.




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POUNCE, n. pouns.

1. Gum-sandarach pulverized, a fine powder used to prevent ink from spreading on paper.

2. Charcoal dust inclosed in some open stuff, as muslin, &c. to be passed over holes pricked in the work, to mark the lines or designs on a paper underneath. This kind of pounce is used by embroiderers to transfer their patterns upon their stuffs; also by lace-makers,and sometimes by engravers. It is also used in varnishing.

3. Cloth worked in eyelet-holes.

POUNCE, v.t. To sprinkle or rub with pounce.

POUNCE,n. [L. pungo.] The claw or talon of a bird of prey.

POUNCE, v.i. To fall on suddenly; to fall on and seize with the claws; as, a rapacious fowl pounces on a chicken.


POUNCE, n.1 [pouns; Fr. pierre-ponce, pumice-stone; poncer, to rub with pumice-stone; Arm. maen-puncz, pumice-stone.]

  1. Sandarach pulverized, a fine powder used to prevent ink from spreading on paper.
  2. Charcoal dust inclosed in some open stuff, as muslin, &c., to be passed over holes pricked in the work, to mark the lines or designs on a paper underneath. This kind of pounce is used by embroiderers to transfer their patterns upon their stuffs; also by lace-makers, and sometimes by engravers. It is also used in varnishing. – Cyc.
  3. Cloth worked in eyelet-holes. – Todd.

POUNCE, n.2 [This word seems to be connected with the It. punzome, a bodkin, a punch, a push, which is from the L. pungo, whence Sp. punzar.]

The claw or talon of a bird of prey.


POUNCE, v.i.

To fall on suddenly; to fall on and seize with the claws; as, a rapacious fowl pounces on a chicken.


POUNCE, v.t.

To sprinkle or rub with pounce.


Pounce
  1. A fine powder, as of sandarac, or cuttlefish bone, -- formerly used to prevent ink from spreading on manuscript.

  2. To sprinkle or rub with pounce] as, to pounce paper, or a pattern.
  3. The claw or talon of a bird of prey.

    Spenser. Burke.
  4. To strike or seize with the talons; to pierce, as with the talons.

    [Archaic]

    Stooped from his highest pitch to pounce a wren. Cowper.

    Now pounce him lightly,
    And as he roars and rages, let's go deeper.
    J. Fletcher.

  5. To fall suddenly and seize with the claws; -- with on or upon; as, a hawk pounces upon a chicken. Also used figuratively.

    Derision is never so agonizing as when it pounces on the wanderings of misguided sensibility. Jeffrey.

  6. Charcoal dust, or some other colored powder for making patterns through perforated designs, -- used by embroiderers, lace makers, etc.

    Pounce box, a box for sprinkling pounce. -- Pounce paper, a transparent paper for tracing.

  7. A punch or stamp.

    [Obs.] "A pounce to print money with." Withals.
  8. To punch; to perforate; to stamp holes in, or dots on, by way of ornament.

    [Obs.] Sir T. Elyot.
  9. Cloth worked in eyelet holes.

    [Obs.] Homilies.
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Pounce

POUNCE, noun pouns.

1. Gum-sandarach pulverized, a fine powder used to prevent ink from spreading on paper.

2. Charcoal dust inclosed in some open stuff, as muslin, etc. to be passed over holes pricked in the work, to mark the lines or designs on a paper underneath. This kind of pounce is used by embroiderers to transfer their patterns upon their stuffs; also by lace-makers, and sometimes by engravers. It is also used in varnishing.

3. Cloth worked in eyelet-holes.

POUNCE, verb transitive To sprinkle or rub with pounce

POUNCE,noun [Latin pungo.] The claw or talon of a bird of prey.

POUNCE, verb intransitive To fall on suddenly; to fall on and seize with the claws; as, a rapacious fowl pounces on a chicken.

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