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pounce

pounce

 
 
pronunciation:
paUns
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: pounced, pounces, pouncing
definition 1: to jump or swoop down in order to seize or capture something.
The cat pounced on the mouse.
similar words:
descend, swoop
definition 2: to seize on or attack something suddenly, or to be quick to take advantage of or criticize someone.
He pounced on me for making an error.
similar words:
plunge
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sudden attack, leap, or swoop, such as that of an animal attacking its prey.
definition 2: the talon or claw of a carnivorous bird.
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Word History
Pounce comes from pownse, an early English word that means "the talon or claw of a bird of prey."
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