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Definition of "pounce" []

  • To spring or swoop with intent to seize someone or something: a cat that pounced on a mouse; watched the falcon pounce on the baby rabbit. (verb-intransitive)
  • To attack suddenly: irregular troops who pounced on the convoy at a narrow pass; a colleague who pounced on me because of a mistake in my report. (verb-intransitive)
  • To seize something swiftly and eagerly: pounce on an opportunity. (verb-intransitive)
  • To seize with or as if with talons. (verb-transitive)
  • The act or an instance of pouncing. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pounce" in a sentence
  • "It shouldn't come as a surprise that following the former White House leader's remarks on Thursday, Democrats were quick to once again pounce on the issue."
  • "She raises her arm high, her elbow cocked and ready to pounce, that is, stab."
  • "At the period of the presumed date of this document blotting paper was unknown, writings being dried by means of a specially prepared fine powder called pounce, sand, or a powder containing fine crystals of metal intended to give an ornamental gloss to the ink."