Meaning of PUNCH in English



Pronunciation: ' p ə nch

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English pounce, punche, probably alteration of ponson, ponchon puncheon

Date: 14th century

1 a : a tool usually in the form of a short rod of steel that is variously shaped at one end for different operations (as forming, perforating, embossing, or cutting) b : a short tapering steel rod for driving the heads of nails below a surface c : a steel die faced with a letter in relief that is forced into a softer metal to form an intaglio matrix from which foundry type is cast d : a device or machine for cutting holes or notches (as in paper or cardboard)

2 : a hole or notch from a perforating operation

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