punch

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English punchen, partially from Old French ponchonner (to punch), from ponchon (pointed tool), from Latin punctus, perfect passive participle of pungō (I prick); and partially from Middle English punchen, a syncopated variant of Middle English punischen ("to punish"; see punish). Also influenced by Middle English punchon ("a punch"; see puncheon).

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punch (countable and uncountable, plural punches)

  1. (countable) A hit or strike with one's fist.
    • 2011 November 3, Chris Bevan, “Rubin Kazan 1 - 0 Tottenham”, BBC Sport:
      Another Karadeniz cross led to Cudicini's first save of the night, with the Spurs keeper making up for a weak punch by brilliantly pushing away Christian Noboa's snap-shot.
  2. (uncountable) Power, strength, energy.
  3. (uncountable) Impact.
  4. (countable) A button (of a joypad, joystick or similar device) whose only or main current function is that when it is pressed causes a video game character to punch.
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  • (A strike with the fist): slap
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punch (third-person singular simple present punches, present participle punching, simple past and past participle punched)

  1. (transitive) To strike with one's fist.
    If she punches me, I'm gonna break her nose.
  2. (transitive, of cattle) To herd.
  3. (transitive) To operate (a device or system) by depressing a button, key, bar, or pedal, or by similar means.
    • 1922, The Workmen's compensation law journal, volume 10, page 129: 
      As night watchman he was required to punch a watchman's clock; the stations were scattered all over the place.
    • 2000, William D. Peterson, United States Life-Saving Service in Michigan[1], page 106:
      The patrol clock and punch key system made sure that crewmen completed their patrols. At the far end of his patrol, he used a key to punch his clock and start the return trip.
    • 2007, Dick Juge, The Historic Northwest Passage and the CGC Storis, page 27:
      Another shipmate remembered the watch clock on the strap we had to carry to punching stations. He was assigned to a guard shack. He had rounds to the Officer's Club and sleeping quarters where he'd have to punch the clock at different stations.
  4. (transitive) To enter (information) on a device or system.
  5. (transitive) To hit (a ball or similar object) with less than full force.
    He punched a hit into shallow left field.
  6. (transitive) To make holes in something (rail ticket, leather belt, etc)
  7. To thrust against; to poke.
    to punch one with the end of a stick or the elbow
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  • (To strike with the fist): box
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Etymology 2[edit]

Shortened form of puncheon, from Old French ponchon (pointed tool), from Latin punctus, perfect passive participle of pungō (I prick).

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punch (plural punches)

  1. (countable) A device, generally slender and round, used for creating holes in thin material, for driving an object through a hole in a containing object, or to stamp or emboss a mark or design on a surface.
  2. (countable) A mechanism for punching holes in paper or other thin material.
  3. (countable) A hole or opening created with a punch
  4. (piledriving) An extension piece applied to the top of a pile; a dolly.
  5. A prop, as for the roof of a mine.
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punch (third-person singular simple present punches, present participle punching, simple past and past participle punched)

  1. To employ a punch to create a hole in or stamp or emboss a mark on something.
  2. To mark a ticket.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Hindi पाँच (pāñć, five), because of the drink's original five ingredients (spirits, water, lemon juice, sugar, and spice), from Sanskrit पञ्चन् (páñcan).

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punch (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable) A beverage, generally containing a mixture of fruit juice and some other beverage, often alcoholic.
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From English punch.

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punch m (plural punchs)

  1. punch (drink)

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