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punch definition

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This page has 22 definitions of punch with English translations in 4 languages. Punch is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use punch in a sentence are shown. Also define these 28 related words and terms: fist, power, strength, energy, impact, strike, herd, make, hole, thrust, poke, stamp, emboss, mark, design, mechanism, material, pile, dolly, prop, mine, ticket, beverage, fruit, juice, entomology, riodinid, and punch.

See also: Punch

English punch definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English punchen, partially from Old French ponchonner (to punch), from ponchon (pointed tool), from Latin punctio, from punctus, perfect passive participle of pungō (I prick); and partially from Middle English punchen, a syncopated variant of punischen ("to punish"; see punish). Also influenced by Middle English punchon ("a punch"; see puncheon).

Noun

punch (countable and uncountable, plural punches)

  1. (countable) A hit or strike with one's fist.
    • 2011 November 3, Chris Bevan, “Rubin Kazan 1 - 0 Tottenham”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Another Karadeniz cross led to Cudicini's first save of the night, with the Spurs keeper making up for a weak punch by brilliantly pushing away Christian Noboa's snap-shot.
  2. (uncountable) Power, strength, energy.
  3. (uncountable) Impact.
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  • (A strike with the fist): slap

Verb

punch (third-person singular simple present punches, present participle punching, simple past and past participle punched)

  1. (transitive) To strike with one's fist.
    If she punches me, I'm gonna break her nose.
  2. (transitive, of cattle) To herd.
    • Herd definition
      A number of domestic animals assembled together under the watch or ownership of a keeper. (1 of 3 herd definitions)
  3. (transitive) To operate (a device or system) by depressing a button, key, bar, or pedal, or by similar means.
    • 1922, William Otis Badger, editor, The Workmen's compensation law journal, volume 10, page 129:
      As night watchman he was required to punch a watchman's clock; the stations were scattered all over the place.
    • 2000, William D. Peterson, United States Life-Saving Service in Michigan[2], page 106:
      The patrol clock and punch key system made sure that crewmen completed their patrols. At the far end of his patrol, he used a key to punch his clock and start the return trip.
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    • 2007, Dick Juge, The Historic Northwest Passage and the CGC Storis, page 27:
      Another shipmate remembered the watch clock on the strap we had to carry to punching stations. He was assigned to a guard shack. He had rounds to the Officer's Club and sleeping quarters where he'd have to punch the clock at different stations.
  4. (transitive) To enter (information) on a device or system.
  5. (transitive) To hit (a ball or similar object) with less than full force.
    He punched a hit into shallow left field.
  6. (transitive) To make holes in something (rail ticket, leather belt, etc)
    • Hole definition
      A hollow place or cavity; an excavation; a pit; an opening in or through a solid body, a fabric, etc.; a perforation; a rent; a fissure. (1 of 21 hole definitions)
  7. To thrust against; to poke.
    to punch one with the end of a stick or the elbow
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  • (To strike with the fist): box, slug
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Etymology 2

Shortened form of puncheon, from Old French ponchon (pointed tool), from Latin punctio, from punctus, perfect passive participle of pungō (I prick).

Noun

punch (plural punches)

  1. (countable) A device, generally slender and round, used for creating holes in thin material, for driving an object through a hole in a containing object, or to stamp or emboss a mark or design on a surface.
    1. (countable) A mechanism for punching holes in paper or other thin material.
    • Mark definition
      Boundary, land within a boundary.
      1. A boundary; a border or frontier.
      2. A boundary-post or fence.
      3. A stone or post used to indicate position and guide travellers.
      4. A type of small region or principality.
      5. A common, or area of common land, especially among early Germanic peoples.
      (1 of 35 mark definitions)
    • Design definition
      A specification of an object or process, referring to requirements to be satisfied and thus conditions to be met for them to solve a problem. (1 of 8 design definitions)
  2. (countable) A hole or opening created with a punch.
  3. (piledriving) An extension piece applied to the top of a pile; a dolly.
  4. A prop, as for the roof of a mine.
    • Mine definition
      My; belonging to me; that which belongs to me.
      1. Used predicatively. (1 of 5 mine definitions)
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Verb

punch (third-person singular simple present punches, present participle punching, simple past and past participle punched)

  1. To employ a punch to create a hole in or stamp or emboss a mark on something.
  2. To mark a ticket.
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Etymology 3

From Hindi पाँच (pā̃c, five), because of the drink's original five ingredients (spirits, water, lemon juice, sugar, and spice), from Sanskrit पञ्चन् (páñcan). Doublet of five, cinque, pimp, and Pompeii.

Noun

punch (countable and uncountable, plural punches)

  1. A beverage, generally containing a mixture of fruit juice and some other beverage, often alcoholic.
    • Fruit definition
      In general, a product of plant growth useful to man or animals. (1 of 9 fruit definitions)
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Etymology 4

From Punch.

Noun

punch (plural punches)

  1. (entomology) Any of various riodinid butterflies of the genus Dodona of Asia.

Dutch punch definition

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Etymology

Borrowed from English punch.

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Noun

punch m (uncountable)

  1. punch (beverage)

French punch definition

Alternative forms

  • ponch (1990 reform spelling)

Etymology

From English punch.

Pronunciation

Noun

punch m (plural punchs)

  1. punch (drink)

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Spanish punch definition

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punch m (plural punches)

  1. punch (drink)