- Pounce is to jump on something, to take quick and decisive action or to swoop in and catch or attack something.
- When a cat suddenly jumps on a mouse, this is an example of when the cat pounces on the mouse.
- When a politician you do not like comes to your school to talk and you immediately jump all over him with aggressive questions, this is an example of when you pounce.
- When you are given the chance to invest in a hot new company and you jump on that chance right away, this is an example of when you pounce.
- a claw or talon of a bird of prey
- the act of pouncing; swoop, spring, or leap
Origin: Middle English pownce, talon, probably altered from Middle French poinçon, sharp instrument, stiletto: see puncheon
- pouncer noun
- a fine powder, as pulverized cuttlefish bone, formerly used to prevent ink from blotting or to prepare the writing surface of parchment
- a fine powder sprinkled over a stencil to make a design, as on cloth
Origin: Fr ponce from Classical Latin pumex, pumice
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verb pounced pounced, pounc·ing, pounc·es verb, intransitive
- To spring or swoop with intent to seize someone or something: a cat that pounced on a mouse; watched the falcon pounce on the baby rabbit.
- To attack suddenly: irregular troops who pounced on the convoy at a narrow pass; a colleague who pounced on me because of a mistake in my report.
- To seize something swiftly and eagerly: pounce on an opportunity.
- The act or an instance of pouncing.
- The talon or claw of a bird of prey.
Origin: From Middle English, pointed tool, talon of a hawk, perhaps variant of ponson, pointed tool; see puncheon1.
- pouncˈer noun
- A fine powder formerly used to smooth and finish writing paper and soak up ink.
- A fine powder, such as pulverized charcoal, dusted over a stencil to transfer a design to an underlying surface.
- To sprinkle, smooth, or treat with pounce.
- To transfer (a stenciled design) with pounce.
Origin: French ponce, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *pōmex, *pōmic-, from Latin pūmex, pumice.
- pouncˈer noun
transitive verb pounced pounced, pounc·ing, pounc·es
Origin: Middle English pouncen, probably from Old French poinssonner, from poinson, pointed tool; see puncheon1.