pommel

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  • Hyphenation: pom‧mel
  • Rhymes: -ɒməl

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From Middle English pomel, from Middle French, presumedly via Vulgar Latin pomellum (ball, knob), the diminutive of Late Latin pomum (apple)

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pommel (plural pommels)

  1. The upper front brow of a saddle.
  2. Either of the rounded handles on a pommel horse.
  3. The knob on the hilt of an edged weapon such as a sword.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Macaulay to this entry?)
  4. A knob forming the finial of a turret or pavilion.

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pommel (third-person singular simple present pommels, present participle pommelling or pommeling, simple past and past participle pommelled or pommeled)

  1. (transitive) To pound or beat.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 37
      I will not say as schoolboys do to bullies—Take some one of your own size; don’t pommel me! No, ye’ve knocked me down, and I am up again; but ye have run and hidden.