pounced


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pounce 1

 (pouns)
intr.v. pounced, pounc·ing, pounc·es
1. To spring or swoop with intent to seize someone or something: a cat that pounced on a mouse; watched the falcon pounce on the baby rabbit.
2. To attack or criticize suddenly: troops that pounced on a convoy; a reporter who pounced on a politician's change of position.
3. To turn the attention to and try to take advantage of: pounce on an opportunity; pounced on his mistake.
n.
The act or an instance of pouncing.

[From Middle English, pointed tool, talon of a hawk, shortening of ponson, pointed tool, variant of punchon, pointed tool; see puncheon1.]

pounc′er n.

pounce 2

 (pouns)
n.
1. A fine powder formerly used to smooth and finish writing paper and soak up ink.
2. A fine powder, such as pulverized charcoal, dusted over a stencil to transfer a design to an underlying surface.
tr.v. pounced, pounc·ing, pounc·es
1. To sprinkle, smooth, or treat with pounce.
2. To transfer (a stenciled design) with pounce.

[French ponce, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *pōmex, *pōmic-, from Latin pūmex, pumice.]

pounc′er n.

pounce 3

 (pouns)
tr.v. pounced, pounc·ing, pounc·es
To ornament (metal, for example) by perforating from the back with a pointed implement.

[Middle English pouncen, probably from Old French poinssonner, from poinson, pointed tool; see puncheon1.]
References in classic literature ?
But when he came there the Lion simply pounced on the Ass, and said to the Fox: "Here is our dinner for to-day.
These, falling with so much force upon the diamonds, were sure to take up some of the precious stones with them, when the eagles pounced upon the meat and carried it off to their nests to feed their hungry broods.
But no thing of fear pounced out, and when he had gained the inside he scouted carefully around, looking at it and finding it not.
She looked as if she repented coming when Gilbert answered her knock; but Anne flew past him, pounced on her, and drew her in.
She swooped down upon a big apple-tree, and after shaking some golden apples from it, she pounced down upon the earth.
A young man, looking distraught, pounced down on the ladies, asking them to move aside.
The children had discovered the glittering hoard, and when in a mischievous mood used to fling showers of moidores, diamonds, pearls and pieces of eight to the gulls, who pounced upon them for food, and then flew away, raging at the scurvy trick that had been played upon them.
Bangor exerted the early pressure, with player-boss Gary Taylor-Fletcher showing up well, but it was the Old Gold who took the lead after 12 minutes when Thomas pounced in the box to produce a neat, closerange finish.
I threw it on the ground and the dog pounced on it.
Pounced The U's continued to threaten after the break.
Jack Dunn hit the bar before Adam Morgan made it 2-1 to the Reds reserves when he pounced on a mistake by Will Keane and beat Ben Amos.
The Beckham boys got rough as they pounced on David during the practice session, the Daily Mail reported.