What does pounce mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pounceverb

    the act of pouncing

  2. pounce, swoopverb

    move down on as if in an attack

    "The raptor swooped down on its prey"; "The teacher swooped down upon the new students"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. POUNCEnoun

    Etymology: ponzone, Italian. Skinner.

    As haggard hawk, presuming to contend
    With hardy fowl, about his able might,
    His weary pounces, all in vain doth spend
    To truss the prey too heavy for his flight. Fa. Queen.

    The new-dissembl’d eagle, now endu’d
    With beak and pounces Hercules pursu’d. Dryden.

    ’Twas a mean prey for a bird of his pounces. Francis Atterbury.

  2. To Pounceverb

    Etymology: pongonare, Italian.

    Barbarous people, that go naked, do not only paint, but pounce and raise their skin, that the painting may not be taken forth, and make it into works. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    It may be tried by incorporating copple-dust, by pouncing into the quicksilver. Francis Bacon.


  1. pounce

    Pounce generally refers to a sudden spring or leap with the intention to seize or attack something or someone. It's often used to describe the action of predatory animals. It can also refer to making an immediate and proactive action or response towards an opportunity or situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pouncenoun

    a fine powder, as of sandarac, or cuttlefish bone, -- formerly used to prevent ink from spreading on manuscript

  2. Pouncenoun

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

  3. Pounceverb

    to sprinkle or rub with pounce; as, to pounce paper, or a pattern

  4. Pounceverb

    the claw or talon of a bird of prey

  5. Pounceverb

    a punch or stamp

  6. Pounceverb

    cloth worked in eyelet holes

  7. Pounceverb

    to strike or seize with the talons; to pierce, as with the talons

  8. Pounceverb

    to punch; to perforate; to stamp holes in, or dots on, by way of ornament

  9. Pounceverb

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

  10. Etymology: [Prob. through French, from an assumed LL. punctiare to prick, L. pungere, punctum. See Puncheon, Punch, v. t.]


  1. Pounce

    Pounce is a line of cat treats or snacks that are manufactured by Del Monte Foods. The treats come in different flavors such as Tuna, Chicken, Seafood Medley, and Catnip. In the 1980s, pounces were also available in such flavors as shrimp and beef, vegetable, and Italian Bread. A lot of cats will stand on their hind legs to reach a Pounce if you hold it high enough.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pounce

    powns, v.i. to fall (upon) and seize with the claws: to dart suddenly (upon).—v.t. to ornament with small holes: to strike with the claws.—n. a hawk's claw: the paw of a lion or other animal.—adj. Pounced, furnished with talons. [Orig. to pierce, to stamp holes in for ornament; through Romance forms, from L. pungĕre, punctum.]

  2. Pounce

    powns, n. a fine powder for preparing a surface for writing on: coloured powder sprinkled over holes pricked in paper to form a pattern on paper underneath.—v.t. to sprinkle with pounce, as paper or a pattern.—ns. Pounce′-box, Poun′cet-box, a box with a perforated lid for sprinkling pounce. [Fr. ponce, pumice—L. pumex, pumicis, pumice-stone.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pounce in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pounce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of pounce in a Sentence

  1. Manuel Valls:

    We must remain united and focused because we must be strong in the face of this threat, populism stalks us, ready to pounce at any opportunity, to blow on the embers of discord and exacerbate divisions, as every new division makes us more vulnerable.

  2. Shawn Crowley:

    Three women, one clear pattern, pounce, kiss, grab, grope, don’t wait. When you’re a star you can do anything you want. And when they speak up about what happened, attack, humiliate them, call them liars. Call them too ugly to assault.

  3. Stanisław Jerzy Lec:

    Intelligence, in diapers, is invisible. And when it matures, out the window it flies. We have to pounce on it earlier.

  4. Eric Smith:

    Santa Barbara is probably the single worst location on the planet anybody could choose for an oil spill, since the '69 spill, people have just been waiting to pounce on the oil industry. To have the spill here, this company is profoundly unlucky.

  5. Rami Makhlouf on Sunday:

    Did anyone expect the security forces would pounce on Rami Makhlouf's companies who were their biggest supporters and their patron during the war?

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