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1 a handgrip that a gymnast uses when performing exercises on a pommel horse
2 handgrip formed by the raised front part of a saddle [syn: saddlebow]
3 an ornament in the shape of a ball on the hilt of a sword or dagger [syn: knob] v : strike, usually with the fist; "The pedestrians pummeled the demonstrators" [syn: pummel, biff] [also: pommelling, pommelled]

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From pomel, from , presumedly via pomellum, the diminutive of pomum


  1. The upper front brow of a saddle.
  2. Either of the rounded handles on a pommel horse.
  3. The knob on the hilt of an edged weapon such as a sword.

Derived terms


  • Finnish: nuppi (satulassa tai miekan kahvassa)
  • French: pommeau
  • Portuguese: castão


  1. To pound or beat.

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