I. noun Etymology: Middle English ponson, punchon, from Anglo-French ponchon pointed tool, support, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *punctiare to prick, pierce, from Latin punctum, supine of pungere — more at pungent Date: 14th century 1. a pointed tool for piercing or for working on stone 2. a. a short upright framing timber b. a split log or heavy slab with the face smoothed II. noun Etymology: Middle English punchon, from Anglo-French ponchon, probably from Middle French poinçon mark on goods certifying their origin Date: 15th century a large cask of varying capacity

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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 — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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