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"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pouncenoun

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

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

  2. Pouncenoun

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

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

  3. Pounceverb

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

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

  4. Pounceverb

    the claw or talon of a bird of prey

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

  5. Pounceverb

    a punch or stamp

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

  6. Pounceverb

    cloth worked in eyelet holes

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

  7. Pounceverb

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

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

  8. Pounceverb

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

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

  9. Pounceverb

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

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

Freebase

  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. 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?

  2. 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.

  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.

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