pom-pom

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pom-pom artillery designed to shoot upward at airplanes
    • n pom-pom decoration consisting of a ball of tufted wool or silk; usually worn on a hat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pom-pom (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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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pom-pom pom-pom the name given to a one-pounder quick-firing shell gun, from its sound.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Imitative

Usage

In literature:

Rifles, pom-poms, and shrapnel played upon them during this terrible race.
"The Great Boer War" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Rifles, maxims, and pom-poms opened fire upon it.
"The Judgment House" by Gilbert Parker
There have not been many "Old Poms" in our public life; or, for that matter Aaron Burrs either, and but one Benedict Arnold.
"Marse Henry, Complete" by Henry Watterson
And mind you, no tricks, Pom.
"The Castle Inn" by Stanley John Weyman
A new and unpleasant experience in the shape of a pom-pom has come upon the scene.
"In the Ranks of the C.I.V." by Erskine Childers
I inquired if the maid she had brought with her had turned into a typist, too, to say nothing of the poms.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, Feb. 19, 1919" by Various
And yet they, like the rest, had a great objection to the pom-poms.
"From Aldershot to Pretoria" by W. E. Sellers
This pass was guarded by Captain Smith with two Krupp guns and Lieutenant Carlblom with a pom-pom.
"In the Shadow of Death" by P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
The sound of rifles and "pom-poms" was often reported.
"Ladysmith" by H. W. Nevinson
In two minutes, they were deep in the game of "Pom-pom-peel-away," and now was Mrs. Primkins' chance.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, October 1878, No. 12" by Various
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In poetry:

Somebody is shooting at something in our town —
A dull pom, pom in the Sunday street.
Jealousy can open the blood,
It can make black roses.
Who are the shooting at?
"The Swarm" by Sylvia Plath
The man with gray hands smiles —
The smile of a man of business, intensely practical.
They are not hands at all
But asbestos receptacles.
Pom! Pom! 'They would have killed me.'
"The Swarm" by Sylvia Plath
In the furnace of greed. Clouds, clouds.
So the swarm balls and deserts
Seventy feet up, in a black pine tree.
It must be shot down. Pom! Pom!
So dumb it thinks bullets are thunder.
"The Swarm" by Sylvia Plath
Leave and arrive, and there is no end to the country.
Pom! Pom! They fall
Dismembered, to a tod of ivy.
So much for the charioteers, the outriders, the Grand Army!
A red tatter, Napoleon!
"The Swarm" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Click on a name to read about your favorite Stillwater High School 2012 pom squad member.
More 2012 Pioneer Pom Squad Headlines.
Lamb shines with pom glaze.
Lamb shines with pom glaze .
Poms to hold annual Holiday Hurrah fair.
POM Wonderful's Deception Is The Tip Of The Iceberg .
For the past decade, POM Wonderful (owned by California billionaires Stewart and Lynda Resnick) has touted amazing health benefits as brand sales have soared above $165 million.
NEW YORK – Pomegranate juice maker POM Wonderful, which became a target of animal rights activists because of research the company did into its juice 's medical benefits, said Wednesday it has stopped testing on animals.
Lamb shines with pom glaze.
Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Laura Vikmanis suddenly has a whole lot more to wave her pom-poms about.
Poodles, Poms, and Chihuahuas all across town will be head over paws for macymacy, a brand-new pet boutique that just opened this week on 17th avenue between Franklin and Gilpin.
Pom Wonderful v Coca-Cola – Reinforcing Defenses to Label Claim Challenges.
In Pom Wonderful LLC v Coca-Cola.
MMM > News > POM aims arch ads at FTC tormentors.
POM deceptively marketed pomegranate juice.
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In science:

Pro file of the squared Brunt-V ¨ais ¨al ¨a frequency in the inner region of a MS and a PoMS model of HD 49385 (full line).
Constraints on the core mu-gradient of the solar-like star HD 49385 via low-degree mixed modes
Fig. 2 Variations in the integral I (ν obs ac ) during the evolution of a PoMS sequence of models for HD 49385 (thick solid line).
Constraints on the core mu-gradient of the solar-like star HD 49385 via low-degree mixed modes
This can be seen for a PoMS model of HD 49385 in Fig. 2.
Constraints on the core mu-gradient of the solar-like star HD 49385 via low-degree mixed modes
The models we here consider are in the PoMS stage.
Constraints on the core mu-gradient of the solar-like star HD 49385 via low-degree mixed modes
The associated POM Πξ is given by Πξ (∆) = Z∆ |ξ (qI − A)|2 dq .
Uncertainty Relations for Noise and Disturbance in Generalized Quantum Measurements
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