Main definitions of puncheon in English

: puncheon1puncheon2

puncheon1

noun

  • 1A short post, especially one used for supporting the roof in a coal mine.

    pole, stake, upright, shaft, prop, support, picket, strut, pillar, pale, paling, column, piling, standard, stanchion, pylon, stave, rod, newel, baluster, jamb, bollard, mast
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    1. 1.1US A rough board or other length of wood, used for flooring or building.
  • 2

    another term for punch
    • ‘Farmers used any wooden casks they could get hold of, though West Indian puncheons that had previously held rum were especially prized because of the flavour they gave the cider.’
    • ‘They married in 1787, but to add to his woes, before this happy event, it was thought Nelson had tuberculosis, which, together with the depression, led his crew to prepare a puncheon of rum to receive his body.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French poinchon, probably based on Latin punct- punctured, from the verb pungere. Compare with the noun pounce.

Pronunciation:

puncheon

/ˈpʌn(t)ʃ(ə)n/

Main definitions of puncheon in English

: puncheon1puncheon2

puncheon2

noun

historical
  • A large cask for liquids or other commodities, holding from 72 to 120 gallons.

    • ‘The rum trade has been analyzed for what it can say about currency equivalencies and the volume of puncheons, but not for people's actually drinking it.’
    • ‘We had passed through long walls of piled skeletons, with casks and puncheons intermingling, into the inmost recesses of the catacombs.’
    • ‘Belcher Brothers & Co. names its 84 gallon line a ‘puncheon’ and there is a line for a 120 gallon ‘pipe’ as well as a 120 gallon ‘hogshead.’’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French poinchon, of uncertain origin although forms in Old French and English correspond to those of puncheon.

Pronunciation:

puncheon

/ˈpʌn(t)ʃ(ə)n/