1. Relating to, or consisting of, pontiffs or priests. "The pontific college with their augurs and flamens." Milton.

2. Of or pertaining to the pope; papal. Shenstone.

(Pon*tif"ic*al) a. [L. pontificalis: cf. F. pontifical. See Pontiff.]

1. Of or pertaining to a pontiff, or high priest; as, pontifical authority; hence, belonging to the pope; papal.

2. Of or pertaining to the building of bridges. [R.]

Now had they brought the work by wondrous art
Pontifical, a ridge of pendent rock
Over the vexed abyss.

(Pon*tif"ic*al), n. [F.]

1. A book containing the offices, or formulas, used by a pontiff. South.

2. pl. The dress and ornaments of a pontiff. "Dressed in full pontificals." Sir W. Scott.

(Pon*tif`i*cal"i*ty) n. The state and government of the pope; the papacy. [R.] Bacon.

(Pon*tif"ic*al*ly), adv. In a pontifical manner.

(Pon*tif"i*cate) n. [L. pontificatus: cf. F. pontificat. See Pontiff.]

1. The state or dignity of a high priest; specifically, the office of the pope. Addison.

2. The term of office of a pontiff. Milman.

(Pon*tif"i*cate) v. i. (R. C. Ch.) To perform the duty of a pontiff.

(Pon"ti*fice) n. [L. pons, pontis, a bridge + facere to make. Cf. Pontiff.] Bridgework; structure or edifice of a bridge. [R.] Milton.

(Pon`ti*fi"cial) a. [L. pontificius.] Papal; pontifical. [Obs.] "Pontificial writers." Burton.

(Pon`ti*fi"cian) a. Of or pertaining to the pontiff or pope. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.

(Pon`ti*fi"cian), n. One who adheres to the pope or papacy; a papist. [Obs.] Bp. Montagu.

(Pon"til) n. Same as Pontee.

(Pon"tile) a. [L. pontilis pertaining to a bridge.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the pons Varolii. See Pons.

(Pon"tine) a. [L. Pontinus or Pomptinus, an appellation given to a district in Latium, near Pometia.] Of or pertaining to an extensive marshy district between Rome and Naples. [Written also Pomptine.]

(Pont"le*vis) n. [F., properly, a drawbridge.] (Man.) The action of a horse in rearing repeatedly and dangerously.

(Pon*ton") n. [F.] See Pontoon.

(Pon*toon") n. [F. ponton (cf. It. pontone), from L. ponto, -onis, fr. pons, pontis, a bridge, perhaps originally, a way, path: cf. Gr. path, Skr. path, pathi, panthan. Cf. Punt a boat.]

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