pounce

1 [pouns]
verb (used without object), pounced, pouncing.
1.
to swoop down suddenly and grasp, as a bird does in seizing its prey.
2.
to spring, dash, or come suddenly: Unexpectedly she pounced on the right answer.
verb (used with object), pounced, pouncing.
3.
to seize (prey) suddenly: The bird quickly pounced its prey.
noun
4.
the claw or talon of a bird of prey.
5.
a sudden swoop, as on an object of prey.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English; perhaps akin to punch1

pouncingly, adverb


5. leap, lunge, spring.
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pounce

2 [pouns]
verb (used with object), pounced, pouncing.
to emboss (metal) by hammering on an instrument applied on the reverse side.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; perhaps identical with pounce1

pounce

3 [pouns]
noun
1.
a fine powder, as of cuttlebone, formerly used to prevent ink from spreading in writing, or to prepare parchment for writing.
2.
a fine powder, often of charcoal, used in transferring a design through a perforated pattern.
3.
Also called pounce bag, pounce box. a small bag filled with pounce and struck against a perforated design.
verb (used with object), pounced, pouncing.
4.
to sprinkle, smooth, or prepare with pounce.
5.
to trace (a design) with pounce.
6.
to finish the surface of (hats) by rubbing with sandpaper or the like.

Origin:
1700–10; < French ponceLatin pūmicem, accusative of pūmex pumice

pouncer, noun
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pounce1 (paʊns)
 
vb
1.  (intr; often foll by on or upon) to spring or swoop, as in capturing prey
 
n
2.  the act of pouncing; a spring or swoop
3.  the claw of a bird of prey
 
[C17: apparently from Middle English punson pointed tool; see puncheon²]
 
'pouncer1
 
n

pounce2 (paʊns)
 
vb
(tr) to emboss (metal) by hammering from the reverse side
 
[C15 pounsen, from Old French poinçonner to stamp; perhaps the same as pounce1]

pounce3 (paʊns)
 
n
1.  a very fine resinous powder, esp of cuttlefish bone, formerly used to dry ink or sprinkled over parchment or unsized writing paper to stop the ink from running
2.  a fine powder, esp of charcoal, that is tapped through perforations in paper corresponding to the main lines of a design in order to transfer the design to another surface
3.  (as modifier): a pounce box
 
vb
4.  to dust (paper) with pounce
5.  to transfer (a design) by means of pounce
 
[C18: from Old French ponce, from Latin pūmexpumice]
 
'pouncer3
 
n

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pounce
1686, originally "to seize with the pounces," from pownse (n.) "hawk's claws" (1486), from O.Fr. poinçon (see punch (v.)), on the notion of the claws that punch holes in things. In falconry, the heel claw is a talon, and others are pounces.
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Example sentences
We all know the power of waiting quietly for the right moment to pounce upon an
  opportunity.
In the opening cinematic they laughed when my pathetic pooch tried to pounce on
  them.
He is as patient as a tiger, no pounce without prey.
To reach more dangerous areas, the vaccinators wait for a gap in the fighting,
  and then pounce.
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