See also:boat, used for shallow
See also:waters, and propelled by a
See also:pole, by paddles, or occasionally by sails . Formerly the word was applied to many such flat boats used for ferries,
See also:barges, lighters, &c., but it is now generally confined to a
See also:light flat boat very long in proportion to its width, with square ends, both at
See also:stem and
See also:bow, slightly narrowing from the centre, and propelled by pushing against the bottom of the
See also:river or other
See also:water by a long pole . Such boats are much used for
See also:sport or pleasure on
See also:rivers with shallow and hard gravelly beds; a small punt with a mounted
See also:gun and propelled by paddles or
See also:short oars is used for
See also:wild-fowling . A professional puntingchampionship of England was instituted in 1876, and an
See also:amateur championship in 1886 . Etymologically considered, " punt " certainly was adapted from panto, a word used by Caesar (
See also:Bell. civ. p. iii . 22) of a light vessel for transport in Gaul . Later (as by Gallius and Ausonius) it was also applied to a floating-raft used as a
See also:bridge, a pontoon, and so connected with pons, bridge . There are two other words which must be distinguished from the above . One means, in
See also:football, to catch the
See also:ball in the hands, drop and kick it before it reaches the ground, as distinguished from a " drop-kick," where the kick is given
See also:half-volley, as it reaches the ground . This word is probably cognate with " bunt," a dialect word meaning to push, and both represent nasalized forms of the onomatopoeic " put " or . " but." The second, in the substantive " punter," used in the general sense of a gambler or better, originally referred to one who at card
See also:games such as
See also:baccarat, &c., stakes against the
See also:bank . Both " punt " and " punter " are to be referred to Fr. ponter, and
See also:ponce, which is usually taken as an adaptation of Span. punto, a point .
WILLIAM MORLEY PUNSHON (1824-1881)
PUNTARENAS, or PUNTA ARENAS
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