• WordNet 3.6
    • v pommel strike, usually with the fist "The pedestrians pummeled the demonstrators"
    • n pommel an ornament in the shape of a ball on the hilt of a sword or dagger
    • n pommel handgrip formed by the raised front part of a saddle
    • n pommel a handgrip that a gymnast uses when performing exercises on a pommel horse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pommel A knob or ball; an object resembling a ball in form
    • v. t Pommel To beat soundly, as with the pommel of a sword, or with something knoblike; hence, to beat with the fists.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pommel A knob or ball, or anything of similar shape. Especially— The rounded termination of the handle or grip of a sword, dagger, martel-de-fer, or the like, serving to keep the hand from slipping, and for striking a heavy blow at an adversary who is too close for the sweep of the weapon. The pommel in medieval weapons was often highly ornamented, and was a favorite place for the armorial bearings of the owner. These bearings, when engraved at the point opposite the junction with the blade, were sometimes used in affixing the owner's seal. See cut under hilt.
    • n pommel The protuberant part of a saddle-bow.
    • n pommel The top (of the head).
    • n pommel A round knob on the frame of a chair.
    • n pommel A ballshaped ornament used as a finial to the conical or domeshaped roof of a turret, pavilion, etc.
    • n pommel In a ceremonial mace, the lower or butt end; in the case of a crowned mace, the end opposite the crown.
    • n pommel A piece of hard wood, grooved like a crimping-board, and attached to the hand by means of a strap, used in giving a granular appearance to leather and in making it supple.
    • n pommel The bat used in the game of nur-and-spell.
    • pommel To beat as with a pommel or with something thick or bulky; beat, as with the fists; bruise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pommel pum′el a knob or ball: the knob on a sword-hilt: the high part of a saddle-bow
    • v.t Pommel to beat as with a pommel, or with anything thick or heavy: to beat soundly: to bruise:—pr.p. pomm′elling; pa.t. and pa.p. pomm′elled
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pomel, OF. pomel, F. pommeau, LL. pomellus, fr. L. pomum, fruit, LL. also, an apple. See Pome


In literature:

Along the right side below the pommel ran a darker stain, Jim Last's blood, set before his daughter like a star.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
She'd not be the first Irish girl who has gone to her marriage across the pommel!
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
De Spain raised his right hand from his thigh to the pommel of his saddle.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
These three carried rifles slung across their pommels, and in front of them rode the stranger.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
Reid bent his eyes to the pommel of his saddle, and sat so a few moments, in the way of a man who turns something in his thoughts.
"The Flockmaster of Poison Creek" by George W. Ogden
I doubled over the pommel of my saddle and laughed until my sides ached.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
The automatic contestants pound and pommel each other after the conventional fashion.
"Due South or Cuba Past and Present" by Maturin M. Ballou
Tarraxas gave a slight start, whilst D'Ossuna struck sharply the pommel of his sword with his iron glove.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 27, March 1893" by Various
With her hand on the pommel of the saddle she stopped, and turned to Alvino.
"The Rustler of Wind River" by G. W. Ogden
His will-power grows by a species of pommelling; not by the higher tactics of wrestling.
"The Gates Between" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

In poetry:

Twenty poor men’s lives were nought
To him, beside a ring well wrought.
The pommel of his hunting-knife
Was worth ten times a poor man’s life.
Deus est Deus pauperum.
"The God Of The Poor" by William Morris
The lady I lift on my panting steed;
On the pommel she holds my mace;
Hand on bridle I gently lead
The horse at a gentle pace;
The thickets with martel-axe I heed,
For the wood is an evil place.
"The Three Horses" by George MacDonald

In news:

Officials consider pommel lift up Glory.
A "tribal knife" being advertised in a Sunday newspaper supplement distributed around the country as the artwork of US Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell is about as genuine as its faux-turquoise pommel.
Alex Naddour could be talented enough to make the Olympic final on pommel horse, one of the more demanding events in men's gymnastics.
New York in lockdown as monster hurricane pommels US.
Swiss pear, also known as European pear, is an exotic wood primarily used in architectural millwork when it has no figure and for furniture when it exhibits a mottled or pommele figure.
David Sender competes on the pommel horse during the Visa Championships last week.
Don't let the straightforward, integral form of Billy Mace Imel's dagger fool you, though, the lines flow symmetrically, with rounded edges along the grip, a pointed pommel and penetratingly pointed blade.
8 Titanium spear point blade with integral hilt, full tang, and glass-breaker pommel spike, elk antler handle scales, steel pins and lanyand tube.