(?), n. [F. poinon awl, bodkin, crown, king-post, fr. L. punctio a pricking, fr. pungere to prick. See Pungent, and cf. Punch a tool, Punction.]
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1. A figured stamp, die, or punch, used by goldsmiths, cutlers, etc.
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2. (Carp.) A short, upright piece of timber in framing; a short post; an intermediate stud. Oxf. Gloss.
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3. A split log or heavy slab with the face smoothed; as, a floor made of puncheons. [U.S.] Bartlett.
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4. [F. poinon, perh. the same as poinon an awl.] A cask containing, sometimes 84, sometimes 120, gallons.
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