punch


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Punch \Punch\, n. [Prov. E. Cf. Punchy.]
   1. A short, fat fellow; anything short and thick.
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            I . . . did hear them call their fat child punch,
            which pleased me mightily, that word being become a
            word of common use for all that is thick and short.
                                                  --Pepys.
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   2. One of a breed of large, heavy draught horses; as, the
      Suffolk punch.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Punch \Punch\, n.
   A thrust or blow. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Punch \Punch\, n. [Abbrev. fr. puncheon.]
   1. A tool, usually of steel, variously shaped at one end for
      different uses, and either solid, for stamping or for
      perforating holes in metallic plates and other substances,
      or hollow and sharpedged, for cutting out blanks, as for
      buttons, steel pens, jewelry, and the like; a die.
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   2. (Pile Driving) An extension piece applied to the top of a
      pile; a dolly.
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   3. A prop, as for the roof of a mine.
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   Bell punch. See under Bell.

   Belt punch (Mach.), a punch, or punch pliers, for making
      holes for lacings in the ends of driving belts.

   Punch press. See Punching machine, under Punch, v. i.
      

   Punch pliers, pliers having a tubular, sharp-edged steel
      punch attached to one of the jaws, for perforating
      leather, paper, and the like.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Punch \Punch\, v. t. [OE. punchen, perhaps the same word as E.
   punish: or cf. E. bunch.]
   To thrust against; to poke; as, to punch one with the end of
   a stick or the elbow.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Punch \Punch\, n. [Hind. p[=a]nch five, Skr. pa?can. So called
   because composed of five ingredients, viz., sugar, arrack,
   spice, water, and lemon juice. See Five.]
   A beverage composed of wine or distilled liquor, water (or
   milk), sugar, and the juice of lemon, with spice or mint; --
   specifically named from the kind of spirit used; as rum
   punch, claret punch, champagne punch, etc.
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   Milk punch, a sort of punch made with spirit, milk, sugar,
      spice, etc.

   Punch bowl, a large bowl in which punch is made, or from
      which it is served.

   Roman punch, a punch frozen and served as an ice.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Punch \Punch\, n. [Abbrev, fr. punchinello.]
   The buffoon or harlequin of a puppet show.
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   Punch and Judy, a puppet show in which a comical little
      hunchbacked Punch, with a large nose, engages in
      altercation with his wife Judy.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Punch \Punch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Punched; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Punching.] [From Punch, n., a tool; cf. F.
   poin[,c]onner.]
   To perforate or stamp with an instrument by pressure, or a
   blow; as, to punch a hole; to punch ticket.
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   Punching machine, or Punching press, a machine tool for
      punching holes in metal or other material; -- called also
      punch press.
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