Puncheon Punch"eon, n. [F. poin[,c]on awl, bodkin, crown, king-post, fr. L. punctio a pricking, fr. pungere to prick. See {Pungent}, and cf. {Punch} a tool, {Punction}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A figured stamp, die, or punch, used by goldsmiths, cutlers, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. (Carp.) A short, upright piece of timber in framing; a short post; an intermediate stud. --Oxf. Gloss. [1913 Webster]

3. A split log or heavy slab with the face smoothed; as, a floor made of puncheons. [U.S.] --Bartlett. [1913 Webster]

4. [F. poin[,c]on, perh. the same as poin[,c]on an awl.] A cask containing, sometimes 84, sometimes 120, gallons. [1913 Webster]

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  • puncheon — cask for liquor, late 15c., from M.Fr. poinchon (13c.), of unknown origin. Uncertain connection with puncheon slab of timber (mid 15c.), also pointed tool for punching (see PUNCH (Cf. punch) (n.1)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Puncheon — (spr. Pontsch n), englisches Flüssigkeitsmaß = 19,232 Pariser Cubikzoll getheilt in 252 Gallons à 4,51 Litres …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Puncheon — (spr. pönnschen), engl. Maß für Flüssigkeiten, = 2 Tierces, bei Bier und Ale = 72 Gallonen …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Puncheon — (spr. pönntsch n), engl. Flüssigkeitsmaß, bei Wein etc. = 84 Gallons (381,66 l), bei Ale = 72 Gallons (327,14 l); Maß für Maismehl in den Verein. Staaten = 362,87 kg …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Puncheon — (pöntschn), engl. Hohlmaß – 19232 Par. Kubikzoll …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • puncheon — puncheon1 [pun′chən] n. [ME ponchon < MFr poinçon < VL * punctio < punctiare, to prick < L punctus, pp. of pungere, to prick: see POINT] 1. a short, upright wooden post used in a framework ☆ 2. a heavy, broad piece of roughly dressed… …   English World dictionary

  • Puncheon — FORCETOC BarrelsThe original and prime meaning of the word puncheon is a tool or instrument for piercing or punching, such as those used for impressing designs onto coin dies. The barrel meaning is thought to derive from the fact that it would… …   Wikipedia

  • puncheon —    a traditional unit of liquid volume. The puncheon is often reckoned as equal to 70 gallons. In the U. S. system that would be about 9.358 cubic feet or 264.98 liters; in the British Imperial system it would be about 11.238 cubic feet or 308.34 …   Dictionary of units of measurement

  • puncheon — a large watertight barrel or cask used for storing various items including pickled fish. Ninety gallons was the average size in Newfoundland but could be 44 140 gallons. They were often sawn in half to make two puncheon tubs which were used for… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • puncheon — noun /ˈpʌntʃən/ a) A figured stamp, die, or punch, used by goldsmiths, cutlers, etc. he chose to regard [his father] with a lowering and suspicious mien, unless it were in the dead hours of the night, when he developed a morbid craving to be… …   Wiktionary

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