Pounced vs Pounces - What's the difference?

pounced | pounces |

As verbs the difference between pounced and pounces

is that pounced is (pounce) while pounces is (pounce).

As an adjective pounced

is (obsolete) furnished with claws or talons.




  • (pounce)
  • Adjective

  • (obsolete) Furnished with claws or talons.
  • * Thomson
  • The pounced young of the eagle.
  • (obsolete) Ornamented with perforations or dots.
  • * Holinshed
  • Gilt bowls pounced and pierced.
    (Webster 1913)




  • (pounce)

  • pounce


    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) ponce, from (etyl) pumex.


  • (historical) A type of fine powder, as of sandarac, or cuttlefish bone, sprinkled over wet ink to dry the ink after writing.
  • (historical) Charcoal dust, or some other coloured powder for making patterns through perforated designs, used by embroiderers, lace makers, etc.
  • Verb

  • To sprinkle or rub with pounce powder.
  • to pounce paper, or a pattern

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), probably akin to punch. Possibly from (etyl) ponchonner (compare French ).


    (en noun)
  • The claw or talon of a bird of prey.
  • (Burke)
  • A punch or stamp.
  • * Withals
  • a pounce to print money with
  • Cloth worked in eyelet holes.
  • (Homilies)


  • To leap into the air intending to seize someone or something.
  • ''The kitten pounced at the ball I threw to him
    She pounced on the young man, because she loved him and wanted him for herself.
  • To attack suddenly by leaping.
  • ''I was awakened from a dead sleep by my child pouncing on top of me from out of nowhere.
  • To eagerly seize an opportunity.
  • I pounced on the chance to get promoted.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=March 2 , author=Chris Whyatt , title=Arsenal 5 - 0 Leyton Orient , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Irish debutant Conor Henderson - another ball-playing midfielder - probed for a gap through the back-line and the 19-year-old's deflected pass was pounced on by Tomas Rosicky, who sped to the byeline to clip a square ball through the legs of Charlie Daniels across the box. }}
  • To strike or seize with the talons; to pierce, as with the talons.
  • * Cowper
  • Stooped from his highest pitch to pounce a wren.
  • * J. Fletcher
  • Now pounce him lightly, / And as he roars and rages, let's go deeper.
  • To stamp holes in; to perforate.
  • Synonyms
    * (instance of propelling oneself into air): leap, jump, bounce * (instance of causing oneself to fall from an elevated place): strike, attack (checktrans-top) * Spanish: (t-check) (trans-mid) (trans-bottom)