(Punch"eon) n. [F. poinçon awl, bodkin, crown, king-post, fr. L. punctio a pricking, fr.
pungere to prick. See Pungent, and cf. Punch a tool, Punction.]
1. A figured stamp, die, or punch, used by goldsmiths, cutlers, etc.
2. (Carp.) A short, upright piece of timber in framing; a short post; an intermediate stud. Oxf. Gloss.
3. A split log or heavy slab with the face smoothed; as, a floor made of puncheons. [U.S.] Bartlett.
4. [F. poinçon, perh. the same as poinçon an awl.] A cask containing, sometimes 84,
sometimes 120, gallons.
(Punch"er) n. One who, or that which, punches.
(Pun"chin) n. See Puncheon.
(Pun`chi*nel"lo) n. [It. pulcinella, probably originally a word of endearment, dim. of pulcina,
pulcino, a chicken, from L. pullicenus, pullus. See Pullet.] A punch; a buffoon; originally, in a puppet
show, a character represented as fat, short, and humpbacked. Spectator.
(Punch"y) a. [Perhaps for paunchy, from paunch. See 3d Punch.] Short and thick, or fat.
(Punc"ta*ted Punc"ta*ted) a. [From L. punctum point. See Point .]
1. Pointed; ending in a point or points.
2. (Nat. Hist.) Dotted with small spots of color, or with minute depressions or pits.
(Punc*ta"tor) n. One who marks with points. specifically, one who writes Hebrew with points;
applied to a Masorite. E. Robinson.
(Punc*tic"u*lar) a. Comprised in, or like, a point; exact. [Obs. & R.] Sir T. Browne.
(Punc"ti*form) a. [L. punctum point + -form.] Having the form of a point.