Pronunciation: (pum'ul, pom'-), [key]
—n., v., -meled, -mel•ing or (esp. Brit.) -melled, -mel•ling.
1. a knob, as on the hilt of a sword.
2. the protuberant part at the front and top of a saddle. See illus. under saddle.
3. Archit.a spherical ornament or finial.
4. Gymnastics.either of the two curved handles on the top surface of a side horse.
to beat or strike with or as if with the fists or a pommel. Also,pummel.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.