Definitions of pounce

  1. To fall on suddenly; to fall on and seize with claws.
  2. To sprinkle with powder.
  3. To sprinkle with pounce, as paper or a pattern.
  4. To fall upon and seize with, or as with, the claws.
  5. To fall ( upon) and seize with the claws: to dart suddenly ( upon).
  6. To fall and seize; rush down.
  7. To make a sudden seizure; spring; followed by on or upon.
  8. A fine powder, as of sandarac, or cuttlefish bone, -- formerly used to prevent ink from spreading on manuscript.
  9. Charcoal dust, or some other colored powder for making patterns through perforated designs, -- used by embroiderers, lace makers, etc.
  10. To sprinkle or rub with pounce; as, to pounce paper, or a pattern.
  11. The claw or talon of a bird of prey.
  12. A punch or stamp.
  13. To strike or seize with the talons; to pierce, as with the talons.
  14. To punch; to perforate; to stamp holes in, or dots on, by way of ornament.
  15. To fall suddenly and seize with the claws; -- with on or upon; as, a hawk pounces upon a chicken. Also used figuratively.
  16. To sprinkle with pounce.
  17. To rub with pounce.
  18. To dash down upon like a bird of prey.
  19. To perforate; to work in eyelet- holes.
  20. A fine powder formerly used for drying ink on paper, now chiefly used for sprinkling into holes in paper in pattern making; the talon or claw of a bird of prey; a sudden spring or swoop.
  21. A hawk's claw.
  22. A fine powder for preparing a surface for writing on: colored powder sprinkled over holes pricked in paper as a pattern.
  23. The claw of a bird of prey.
  24. Claw of a bird of prey; fine powder for sprinkling on paper.
  25. The act of pouncing; a talon.
  26. A powder such as was formerly used to absorb excess of ink.
  27. A line powder used to sprinkle over freshly written paper to prevent blotting: also to sprinkle into holes in paper in pattern- making.
  28. A powder used to prevent ink, or what, may be written over an erasure, from spreading; powder used as a medicine or cosmetic.
  29. The talon or claw of a bird of prey.