Punt vs Possession - What's the difference?

punt | possession |

As nouns the difference between punt and possession

is that punt is bridge while possession is control or occupancy of something for which one does not necessarily have private property rights.

As a verb possession is

(obsolete) to invest with property.



Etymology 1

(etyl), probably from (etyl)


(en noun)
  • (nautical) A pontoon; a narrow shallow boat propelled by a pole.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (nautical) To propel a punt or similar craft by means of a pole.
  • Etymology 2

    Possibly a dialectal variant of (bunt); Rugby is the origin of the sports usage of the term.


    (en verb)
  • (rugby, American football, Australian Rules football, Gaelic football, soccer) to kick a ball dropped from the hands before it hits the ground. This puts the ball farther from the goal across which the opposing team is attempting to score, so improves the chances of the team punting.
  • * As a colloquialism, 'So I punted' means the speaker chose the best alternative among a menu of non-ideal choices.
  • (soccer) To kick a bouncing ball far and high.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 2 , author= , title=Wales 2-1 Montenegro , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=With five minutes remaining Hennessey was down well to block another Vukcevic shot, while Gunter was smartly in to punt away the dangerous loose ball.}}
  • To retreat from one's objective.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=ca. 2002 , author=Ben Collins-Sussman, Brian W. Fitzpatrick and C. Michael Pilato , title=Version Control with Subversion , chapter=Basic Work Cycle citation , passage=Punting : Using svn revert¶ If you decide that you want to throw out your changes and start your edits again (whether this occurs after a conflict or anytime), just revert your changes}}
    Derived terms
    * drop punt * punt returner * punter * torpedo punt


    (en noun)
  • (rugby, American football, soccer) A kick made by a player who drops the ball and kicks it before it hits the ground. Contrast drop kick.
  • Etymology 3

    From (etyl) ponte or (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A point in the game of faro.
  • The act of playing at basset, baccara, faro, etc.
  • A bet or wager.
  • An indentation in the base of a wine bottle.
  • (glassblowing) A thin glass rod which is temporarily attached to a larger piece in order to better manipulate the larger piece.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (British, chiefly, Ireland) To stake against the bank, to back a horse, to gamble or take a chance more generally
  • * Thackeray
  • She heard of his punting at gaming tables.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=2004 , author=John Buglear , title=Quantitative methods for business: the A-Z of QM , chapter=Is it worth the risk? – introducing probability citation , isbn=9780750658980 , page=339 , passage=Whether you want to gamble on a horse race, bet on which player will score first in a game of football, have a punt on a particular tennis player winning a grand slam event, you are buying a chance, a chance which is measured in terms of probability, ‘the odds’.}}
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2006 , date=June 23 , author=Dan Roebuck , title=Eriksson's men still worth a punt , work=The Guardian citation , passage=Eriksson's men still worth a punt }}
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2009 , date=November 3 , author=Sarah Collerton , title=Cup punt not child's play , work=ABC News citation , passage=Australians have a reputation for being keen to bet on two flies climbing up a wall and today young ones often take a casual classroom punt }}
  • (figuratively) To make a highly speculative investment or other commitment, or take a wild guess.
  • Etymology 4

    From (etyl) punt, from (etyl) pund.


    (en noun)
  • The Irish pound, used as the unit of currency of Ireland until it was replaced by the euro in 2002.
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    (wikipedia possession) (en noun)
  • Control or occupancy of something for which one does not necessarily have private property rights.
  • Something that is owned.
  • The car quickly became his most prized possession .
    I would gladly give all of my worldly possessions just to be able to do that.
  • Ownership]]; [[take, taking, holding, keeping something as one's own.
  • The car is in my possession .
    I'm in possession of the car.
  • A territory under the rule of another country.
  • Réunion is the largest of France's overseas possessions .
  • The condition or affliction of being possessed by a demon or other supernatural entity.
  • Back then, people with psychiatric disorders were sometimes thought to be victims of demonic possession .
  • * Shakespeare
  • How long hath this possession held the man?
  • (sports) Control of the ball; the opportunity to be on the offensive.
  • The scoreboard shows a little football symbol next to the name of the team that has possession .
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 29 , author=Chris Whyatt , title=Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Their first half was marred by the entire side playing too deep, completely unable to build up any form of decent possession once the ball left their bewildered defence.}}
  • (linguistics) A syntactic relationship between two nouns or nominals that may be used to indicate ownership.
  • Some languages distinguish between a construction like 'my car', which shows alienable possession''' — the car could become someone else's — and one like 'my foot', which has inalienable '''possession — my foot will always be mine.

    Usage notes

    * One who possesses is often said to have possession (of)'', ''hold possession (of)'', or ''be in possession (of) . * One who acquires is often said to take possession (of)'', ''gain possession (of)'', or ''come into possession (of) .


    * ight (obsolete) * owndom, retention * See also


    * absence


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To invest with property.
  • (Webster 1913)


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