What does punt mean?

Definitions for puntpʌnt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Irish pound, Irish punt, punt, pound(noun)

    formerly the basic unit of money in Ireland; equal to 100 pence

  2. punt(noun)

    an open flat-bottomed boat used in shallow waters and propelled by a long pole

  3. punt, punting(verb)

    (football) a kick in which the football is dropped from the hands and kicked before it touches the ground

    "the punt traveled 50 yards"; "punting is an important part of the game"

  4. punt(verb)

    kick the ball

  5. punt, pole(verb)

    propel with a pole

    "pole barges on the river"; "We went punting in Cambridge"

  6. bet on, back, gage, stake, game, punt(verb)

    place a bet on

    "Which horse are you backing?"; "I'm betting on the new horse"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Punt(verb)

    to play at basset, baccara, faro. or omber; to gamble

  2. Punt(noun)

    act of playing at basset, baccara, faro, etc

  3. Punt(noun)

    a flat-bottomed boat with square ends. It is adapted for use in shallow waters

  4. Punt(verb)

    to propel, as a boat in shallow water, by pushing with a pole against the bottom; to push or propel (anything) with exertion

  5. Punt(verb)

    to kick (the ball) before it touches the ground, when let fall from the hands

  6. Punt(noun)

    the act of punting the ball

  7. Origin: [F. ponter, or It. puntare, fr. L. punctum point. See Point.]


  1. Punt

    In American and Canadian football, the ball is punted downfield to the opposing team, usually on the final down, with the hope of giving the receiving team a field position that is more advantageous to the kicking team when possession changes. The team in possession of the ball will typically punt the ball to the opposing team when they are on their final down, do not want to risk a turnover on downs by not gaining enough yardage to make a first down and are in such a field position that they do not believe they can successfully make a field goal. The purpose of the punt is for the team in possession, or "kicking team", to move the ball towards the opponent's end zone in order to maximize the distance the receiving team must advance the ball in order to score a touchdown when they take possession of the ball. A punt play involves the kicking team lining up at the line of scrimmage with the kicker, or punter, lined up usually 15 yards behind the center. The receiving team lines up with one or two players downfield to catch the ball. The center makes a long snap to the kicker who then drops the ball and kicks it before it hits the ground. The player who catches the ball is then entitled to attempt to advance the ball.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Punt

    punt, n. a flat-bottomed boat with square ends.—v.t. to propel, as a boat, by pushing with a pole against the bottom of a river: to kick the ball (in football) before it touches the ground, when let fall from the hands: to knock.—v.i. to pursue water-fowl in a punt with a punt-gun.—ns. Punt′er; Punt′-fishing, angling from a punt in a pond, river, or lake; Punt′-gun, a heavy gun of large bore used for shooting water-fowl from a punt; Punts′man, a sportsman who uses a punt. [A.S.,—L. ponto, a punt—pons, pontis, a bridge.]

  2. Punt

    punt, v.i. to play at basset or ombre.—n. Punt′er, one who marks the points in basset or ombre. [Fr., through Sp.—L. punctum, a point.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. punt

    [from the punch line of an old joke referring to American football: “Drop back 15 yards and punt!”] 1. To give up, typically without any intention of retrying. “Let's punt the movie tonight.” “I was going to hack all night to get this feature in, but I decided to punt” may mean that you've decided not to stay up all night, and may also mean you're not ever even going to put in the feature. 2. More specifically, to give up on figuring out what the Right Thing is and resort to an inefficient hack. 3. A design decision to defer solving a problem, typically because one cannot define what is desirable sufficiently well to frame an algorithmic solution. “No way to know what the right form to dump the graph in is — we'll punt that for now.” 4. To hand a tricky implementation problem off to some other section of the design. “It's too hard to get the compiler to do that; let's punt to the runtime system.” 5. To knock someone off an Internet or chat connection; a punter thus, is a person or program that does this.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of punt in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of punt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Heisman:

    When in doubt, punt

  2. Marina Pacheco:

    Weasels will go for anything that looks like food -- they've got a high metabolism and they've got to eat a lot, it doesn't surprise me that a weasel took a punt -- I've seen a photo of a weasel charging a group of sparrows, they're very hungry animals.

  3. Shenzhen Cyril Ebersweiler:

    In the past few years, the mindset has changed, manufacturers are willing to give something new a shot. Until recently, factories weren't willing to take anything less than an order of 100,000 units. Some big factories are now willing to take a punt, especially since we've been around for a while.

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