to swoop down suddenly and grasp, as a bird does in seizing its prey.
to spring, dash, or come suddenly: Unexpectedly she pounced on the right answer.
to seize (prey) suddenly: The bird quickly pounced its prey.
the claw or talon of a bird of prey.
a sudden swoop, as on an object of prey.
- pounc·ing·ly, adverb
Other definitions for pounce (2 of 3)
to emboss (metal) by hammering on an instrument applied on the reverse side.
Other definitions for pounce (3 of 3)
a fine powder, as of cuttlebone, formerly used to prevent ink from spreading in writing, or to prepare parchment for writing.
a fine powder, often of charcoal, used in transferring a design through a perforated pattern.
Also called pounce bag, pounce box . a small bag filled with pounce and struck against a perforated design.
to sprinkle, smooth, or prepare with pounce.
to trace (a design) with pounce.
to finish the surface of (hats) by rubbing with sandpaper or the like.
- pouncer, noun
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How to use pounce in a sentence
By pouncing on the moderator, Team Romney is deflecting attention from a tough night for its man.
Huntsman wasted no time in pouncing: “Governor Romney enjoys firing people—I enjoy creating jobs.”Will New Hampshire’s Primary Matter in the 2012 GOP Nomination Battle? | Howard Kurtz | January 10, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Lloyd Grove on why the GOP isn't pouncing on the controversy.
The days when the press granted presidents a few weeks of grace before pouncing are long gone.
The black ball came tumbling down with a thump on the ground, and Marriner, pouncing upon it, put it in his sack.Dr. Jolliffe's Boys | Lewis Hough
When fairly within reach, the cougar springs, and pouncing down upon the shoulders of the victim, buries its claws in the flesh.The Hunters' Feast | Mayne Reid
Mr. Crawley Strutt (pouncing on Podbury in the hall, as he finishes the perusal of his letter).The Travelling Companions | F. Anstey
Pouncing greedily upon the first comer, she hardly looked at him and could not have recognized him.Germinie Lacerteux | Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
Dogs, too, fall victims to it in great numbers, and now and then it succeeds in pouncing upon an unwary monkey.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History | Theodore Wood
British Dictionary definitions for pounce (1 of 3)
(intr; often foll by on or upon) to spring or swoop, as in capturing prey
the act of pouncing; a spring or swoop
the claw of a bird of prey
- pouncer, noun
British Dictionary definitions for pounce (2 of 3)
(tr) to emboss (metal) by hammering from the reverse side
British Dictionary definitions for pounce (3 of 3)
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
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
(as modifier): a pounce box
to dust (paper) with pounce
to transfer (a design) by means of pounce
- pouncer, noun
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