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pounce

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pounce move down on as if in an attack "The raptor swooped down on its prey","The teacher swooped down upon the new students"
    • n pounce the act of pouncing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pounce A fine powder, as of sandarac, or cuttlefish bone, -- formerly used to prevent ink from spreading on manuscript.
    • Pounce A punch or stamp. "A pounce to print money with."
    • Pounce Charcoal dust, or some other colored powder for making patterns through perforated designs, -- used by embroiderers, lace makers, etc.
    • Pounce Cloth worked in eyelet holes.
    • Pounce The claw or talon of a bird of prey.
    • v. i Pounce To fall suddenly and seize with the claws; -- with on or upon; as, a hawk pounces upon a chicken. Also used figuratively. "Derision is never so agonizing as when it pounces on the wanderings of misguided sensibility."
    • Pounce To punch; to perforate; to stamp holes in, or dots on, by way of ornament.
    • v. t Pounce To sprinkle or rub with pounce; as, to pounce paper, or a pattern.
    • Pounce To strike or seize with the talons; to pierce, as with the talons. "Stooped from his highest pitch to pounce a wren.""Now pounce him lightly,
      And as he roars and rages, let's go deeper."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pounce To punch; prick; perforate; make holes in; specifically, to ornament by perforating or cutting; ornament with holes, especially eyelet-holes.
    • pounce To cut, as glass or metal; ornament by cutting.
    • pounce To seize with the pounces; strike suddenly with the claws or talons.
    • pounce In hat-making, to raise a nap on (a felt hat). See pouncing-machine.
    • pounce To fall on and seize with the pounces or talons; dart or dash upon, like a bird of prey upon its victim; seize suddenly: used with on or upon.
    • n pounce A punch or puncheon; a stamp.
    • n pounce A sharp-pointed graver.
    • n pounce Cloth pounced, or worked with eyelet-holes.
    • n pounce A claw or talon of a bird of prey; the claw or paw of any animal.
    • n pounce A substance, such as powdered sepia-bone or powdered sandarach, used to prevent blotting in rewriting over erasures, and in medicine as an antacid; also, a similar powder used in the preparation of parchment or writing-paper.
    • n pounce A powder (especially, the gum of the juniper-tree reduced to a finely pulverized state, or finely powdered pipe-clay darkened by charcoal) inclosed in a bag of some open stuff, and passed over holes pricked in a design to transfer the lines to a paper underneath. This kind of pounce is used by embroiderers to transfer their patterns to their stuffs; also by fresco-painters, and sometimes by engravers.
    • n pounce A powder used as a medicine or cosmetic.
    • pounce To sprinkle or rub with pounce; powder.
    • pounce To trace by rubbing pounce through holes pricked in the outline of a pattern: as, to pounce a design. See pouncing.
    • pounce To imprint or copy a design upon by means of pounce. See pouncing.
    • pounce In hat-making, to grind or finish (felt hats) by dressing them with sandpaper.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Pounce powns to fall (upon) and seize with the claws: to dart suddenly (upon)
    • v.t Pounce to ornament with small holes: to strike with the claws
    • n Pounce a hawk's claw: the paw of a lion or other animal
    • n Pounce powns a fine powder for preparing a surface for writing on: coloured powder sprinkled over holes pricked in paper to form a pattern on paper underneath
    • v.t Pounce to sprinkle with pounce, as paper or a pattern
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Quotations

  • Stanislaw J. Lec
    Stanislaw J. Lec
    “Intelligence, in diapers, is invisible. And when it matures, out the window it flies. We have to pounce on it earlier.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. through French, from an assumed LL. punctiare, to prick, L. pungere, punctum,. See Puncheon Punch (v. t.)

Usage

In literature:

Reporters pounced on us when we left the class, jabbing at us with mics and peppering us with questions.
"Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" by Cory Doctorow
Varvara Petrovna pounced on her like a hawk on a chicken, seized her by the hand and dragged her impulsively to Stepan Trofimovitch.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Nay, and besides, he talked of going to the smith's to have his pounces sharpened and pointed.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book IV." by Francois Rabelais
And now, when we have set and supplied the table, you pounce down upon it as if you were in your own home!
"Plays: Comrades; Facing Death; Pariah; Easter" by August Strindberg
However, if she caught Coupeau as he left, she would be able to pounce upon the coin at once and buy some grub.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
As she lifted the last skirt, Amy, with a cry of joy, pounced on something that lay beneath it.
"What Katy Did Next" by Susan Coolidge
A tall man in dirty white linen pounced down upon it with a curved sword.
"The Story of the Malakand Field Force" by Sir Winston S. Churchill
The Reverend Justice pounced upon them on one occasion, with his attendants.
"The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII) Old Portraits, Modern Sketches, Personal Sketches and Tributes, Historical Papers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The Reverend Justice pounced upon them on one occasion, with his attendants.
"The Complete Works of Whittier The Standard Library Edition with a linked Index" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Steve pounced on the first one that was ready, true to his word.
"With Trapper Jim in the North Woods" by Lawrence J. Leslie
We went below, and as soon as I got in the cabin, I discovered a kettle of boiled rice, on which I pounced like a hawk.
"Ned Myers" by James Fenimore Cooper
Grace pounced with delight upon the letter and was soon deep in its contents.
"Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus" by Jessie Graham Flower
But why should he pounce upon me?
"Life in London" by Edwin Hodder
Robin pounced down on it.
"The Yellow Streak" by Valentine Williams
And Max, upon being pounced upon by the balance of the crowd, looked askance, knowing that something was in the wind.
"At Whispering Pine Lodge" by Lawrence J. Leslie
Then he got up, and with a look of deadly hatred on his face, pounced upon me.
"Beautiful Joe" by by Marshall Saunders
It was lying spread open, back uppermost, and there came an instant of despair when I pounced on it only to find it empty.
"The Powers and Maxine" by Charles Norris Williamson
At times I thought Ul-Jabal was watching me, and would pounce out and murder me.
"Prince Zaleski" by M.P. Shiel
Besides,' he continued, shrugging his shoulders and pouncing on the argument, 'we cannot all marry the girl!
"The Castle Inn" by Stanley John Weyman
Then, assuming true wolf's form he pounces on Krishna.
"The Loves of Krishna in Indian Painting and Poetry" by W. G. Archer
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In poetry:

The savage bird the kid renounc'd,
But round the cottage oft
Rapid he wheel'd, and there he pounc'd,
And bore the babe aloft.
"The Eagle" by William Hayley
And when I'm done,
I'd have no son
Pounce on these treasures like a vulture;
Nay, give them half
My epitaph,
And let them share in my sepulture.
"De Amicitiis" by Eugene Field
When Justices hold equal scales,
And Rogues are only found in jails;
Then Little Boney he'll pounce down,
And march his men on London town!
Rollicum-rorum, etc.
"The Sergeant's Song" by Thomas Hardy
When Rich Men find their wealth a curse,
And fill therewith the Poor Man's purse;
Then Little Boney he'll pounce down,
And march his men on London town!
Rollicum-rorum, etc.
"The Sergeant's Song" by Thomas Hardy
When Husbands with their Wives agree,
And Maids won't wed from modesty;
Then Little Boney he'll pounce down,
And march his men on London town!
Rollicum-rorum, tol-lol-lorum,
Rollicum-rorum, tol-lol-lay!
"The Sergeant's Song" by Thomas Hardy
WHEN Lawyers strive to heal a breach,
And Parsons practise what they preach;
Then Little Boney he'll pounce down,
And march his men on London town!
Rollicum-rorum, tol-lol-lorum,
Rollicum-rorum, tol-lol-lay!
"The Sergeant's Song" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

' Snoopy ' pounces on The Acting Company stage.
Get started 'On' the weekend: Republicans pounce on Obamas's private sector remark, small lenders subjected to complex new standards.
WASHINGTON — The government's monthly jobs report has become Washington's most anticipated and studied economic indicator, pounced upon by politicians, economists and journalists for snap judgments as the presidential election nears.
Jake Odorizzi shut out the Indians for five innings Sunday afternoon before Cleveland pounced on the Royals ' right-hander for three runs in the sixth.
Updated Thursday, Nov 8, 2012, at 2:16 p.m. Jake Odorizzi shut out the Indians for five innings Sunday afternoon before Cleveland pounced on the Royals ' right-hander for three runs in the sixth.
4 Tigers pounce, take series with 12-3 win.
Remember when Republicans pounced on President Obama's July remark that his economic planned "worked".
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) — So packed is the parking lot at Utah's busiest driver's license office that on certain days people circle it endlessly in their cars, waiting to pounce on an elusive open spot.
Jay Ratliff (90) and DeMarcus Ware pounced on Michael Vick four weeks ago.
Tigers set to pounce on Wolfpack in Death Valley .
Endangered Leopards Pounce Into SD Zoo.
Republicans pounced on President Obama on Thursday afternoon for his administration's failure to include Virginia in the final five-year plan for offshore oil and gas drilling.
They wait for the other team to crack and then they pounce.
While Obama fails, media insist on pouncing on Romney.
He is there in case of extreme emergency to pounce on a fumble or tackle someone coming the other way.
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In science:

With this inductive bias in mind, developed the Pounce algorithm, which can be seen as a combination of graph Perceptron and NN prediction.
Random Spanning Trees and the Prediction of Weighted Graphs
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