• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pompom (Mil) originally, a Vickers-Maxim one-pounder automatic machine cannon using metallic ammunition fed from a lopped belt attached to the gun; -- popularly so called from its peculiar drumming sound in action. More recently, the term is applied mostly to automatic antiaircraft cannons.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pompom A one-pounder automatic Maxim gun.
    • n pompom A religious dance observed by the Yakima Indians of Washington, similar in character to the religious dances held by other tribes of the plateaus of Washington, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia. It seems that the pompom relates to the belief of the return of the dead. Young people have the right to contract marriages during these dances.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

She gave us several pompom dahlias, as pretty as you like.
"Sons and Lovers" by David Herbert Lawrence
They may use any weapons they please, from revolvers and rifles to machine guns and pompoms.
"Adventure" by Jack London
On the return trip, as the English approached this curve the Boers opened fire with artillery and pompoms.
"Real Soldiers of Fortune" by Richard Harding Davis
In further proof of this he snatched a feather near a yard long out of her pompom, and fanned himself with it while he examined me.
"The Yeoman Adventurer" by George W. Gough
We have the advantage of a pompom and two 15-pounders.
"With Rimington" by L. March Phillipps
The Turks had mounted pompoms on the Cape Helles side and had the usual snipers concealed everywhere.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 3, June, 1915" by Various
A pompom was included in the armament of the position, which measured about eighty yards by forty yards only.
"The Record of a Regiment of the Line" by M. Jacson
In the afternoon one of our guns on Caesar's Camp smashed a pompom.
"From Capetown to Ladysmith" by G. W. Steevens
Pompom pompompom again, and the little steel devils ploughed their way into the middle of us in our shell-trap, mangling seven men.
"The Defence of Duffer's Drift" by Ernest Dunlop Swinton
As the extended lines of the infantry moved through the town they were greeted by pompom fire, which, however, did no damage.
"The Second Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the South African War" by Cecil Francis Romer and Arthur Edward Mainwaring

In poetry:

On the narrow horizon of home
between sewing box
and slippers with swansdown pompoms
her belly’s hot moon
is quickly waxing.
"The Plague Colemn" by Jaroslav Seifert
Out o' the wilderness, dusty an' dry
(Time, an' 'igh time to be trekkin' again!)
Oo is it 'eads to the Detail Supply?
A sectioin, a pompom, an' six 'undred men.
"Columns" by Rudyard Kipling
Out o' the wilderness, dusty an' dry
(Time, an' 'igh time to be trekkin' again!)
' Oo is it 'eads to the Detail Supply ?
A section, a pompom, an 'six' 'undred men.
"Columns" by Rudyard Kipling
"What are our orders an' where do we lay? .
(Time, an 'igh time to be trekkin' again!)
"You came after dark—you will leave before day,
"You section, you pompom, you six' undred men!"
"Columns" by Rudyard Kipling
'Ere comes the clerk with 'is lantern an' keys
(Time, an 'igh time to be trekkin 'again!)
" Surplus of everything—draw what you please
"For the section, the pompom, an' six 'unrdred men."
"Columns" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

The flip-flopping editors of The Stranger -- they became the monorail 's biggest pompom squad.
A bobbing little pompom put on a peak performance at the Westminster Kennel Club.
A bright red cupcake tree is filled with gelato cups that hold beads, mini clothespins, rickrack, pompoms and more.
Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood MLive.com Some crafters say put a bird on it, but Jennifer would rather put a pompom on it.
" Cornejo calls it a "pompom.".
Juliet's arsenal features pompom attacks and, of course, her chain saw .
4 HOURS AGO Shake your pompoms.
The school plans to distribute 100,000 maize pompoms, pay tribute to graduates who lost their lives on Sept 11 a decade ago and honor Desmond Howard, their standout receiver who won the Heisman Trophy back in 1991.
The first 500 fans will receive a " Strikeout Ovarian Cancer" teal T-shirt, and all fans entering the ball park will be given teal pompoms.
Most sheep can be a little standoffish, but not this roly-poly one made from a pompom.