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pounce         

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      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)  
  pouncer      n  
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pounce          [2]  
      vb   tr   to emboss (metal) by hammering from the reverse side  
     (C15 pounsen, from Old French poinçonner to stamp; perhaps the same as pounce1)  

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pounce          [3]  
      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   tr  
4    to dust (paper) with pounce  
5    to transfer (a design) by means of pounce  
     (C18: from Old French ponce, from Latin pumex pumice)  
  pouncer      n  

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pounce

  
1   
      vb   ambush, attack, bound onto, dash at, drop, fall upon, jump, leap at, snatch, spring, strike, swoop, take by surprise, take unawares  
2   
      n   assault, attack, bound, jump, leap, spring, swoop  

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pouncer, ponce, Poulenc, poncey

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