- (historical) A type of fine powder, as of sandarac, or cuttlefish bone, sprinkled over wet ink to dry the ink after writing.
- (historical) Charcoal dust, or some other coloured powder for making patterns through perforated designs, used by embroiderers, lace makers, etc.
- (transitive) To sprinkle or rub with pounce powder.
- to pounce paper, or a pattern
pounce (plural pounces)
- The claw or talon of a bird of prey.
- A punch or stamp.
- a pounce to print money with
- Cloth worked in eyelet holes.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Homilies to this entry?)
- (intransitive) To leap into the air intending to seize someone or something.
- The kitten pounced at the ball I threw to it.
- She pounced on the young man, because she loved him and wanted him for herself.
- (intransitive) To attack suddenly by leaping.
- I was awakened from a dead sleep by my child pouncing on top of me from out of nowhere.
- (intransitive) To eagerly seize an opportunity.
- I pounced on the chance to get promoted.
2011 March 2, Chris Whyatt, “Arsenal 5 - 0 Leyton Orient”, in BBC:
- Irish debutant Conor Henderson - another ball-playing midfielder - probed for a gap through the back-line and the 19-year-old's deflected pass was pounced on by Tomas Rosicky, who sped to the byeline to clip a square ball through the legs of Charlie Daniels across the box.
- (transitive) To strike or seize with the talons; to pierce, as with the talons.
- Stooped from his highest pitch to pounce a wren.
- J. Fletcher
- Now pounce him lightly, / And as he roars and rages, let's go deeper.
- (transitive) To stamp holes in; to perforate.
- (instance of propelling oneself into air): leap, jump, bounce
- (instance of causing oneself to fall from an elevated place): strike, attack
To leap into the air intending to seize someone or something
To attack suddenly
To eagerly seize an opportunity
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