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pounce3

[pouns] /paʊns/
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
1700-1710
1700-10; < French ponceLatin pūmicem, accusative of pūmex pumice
Related forms
pouncer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pounce-box

pounce1

/paʊns/
verb
1.
(intransitive; often foll by on or upon) to spring or swoop, as in capturing prey
noun
2.
the act of pouncing; a spring or swoop
3.
the claw of a bird of prey
Derived Forms
pouncer, noun
Word Origin
C17: apparently from Middle English punson pointed tool; see puncheon²

pounce2

/paʊns/
verb
1.
(transitive) to emboss (metal) by hammering from the reverse side
Word Origin
C15 pounsen, from Old French poinçonner to stamp; perhaps the same as pounce1

pounce3

/paʊns/
noun
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
verb (transitive)
4.
to dust (paper) with pounce
5.
to transfer (a design) by means of pounce
Derived Forms
pouncer, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Old French ponce, from Latin pūmexpumice
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Word Origin and History for pounce-box
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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