I. noun Etymology: Middle English pounce, punche, probably alteration of ponson, ponchon puncheon Date: 14th century 1. a. a tool usually in the form of a short rod of steel that is variously shaped at one end for different operations (as forming, perforating, embossing, or cutting) b. a short tapering steel rod for driving the heads of nails below a surface c. a steel die faced with a letter in relief that is forced into a softer metal to form an intaglio matrix from which foundry type is cast d. a device or machine for cutting holes or notches (as in paper or cardboard) 2. a hole or notch from a perforating operation II. verb Etymology: Middle English pouncen, punchen to emboss, pierce, probably from pounce, noun Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. prod, poke b. drive, herd <
punching cattle
2. a. to strike with a forward thrust especially of the fist b. to drive or push forcibly by or as if by a punch c. to hit (a ball) with less than a full swing 3. to emboss, cut, perforate, or make with or as if with a punch 4. a. to push down so as to produce a desired result <
punch buttons on a jukebox
b. to hit or press down the operating mechanism of <
punch a typewriter
c. to insert a time card into (a time clock) d. to produce by or as if by punching keys <
punch out a tune on the piano
e. to enter (as data) by punching keys 5. to give emphasis to intransitive verb 1. to perform the action of punching something 2. to move or push forward especially by a sudden forceful effort <
punched into enemy territory
puncher noun III. noun Date: 14th century 1. the action of punching 2. a quick blow with or as if with the fist 3. effective energy or forcefulness <
a story that packs a punch
political punch
punchless adjective IV. noun Etymology: perhaps from Hindi & Urdu pẵc five, from Sanskrit pañca; akin to Greek pente five; from its originally having five ingredients — more at five Date: 1632 a hot or cold drink that is usually a combination of hard liquor, wine, or beer and nonalcoholic beverages; also a drink that is a mixture of nonalcoholic beverages

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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