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