1.1US A rough board or other length of wood, used for flooring or building.
2 another term for punch2.
- 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.
- 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.
A large cask for liquids or other commodities, holding from 72 to 120 gallons.
- 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.’
- 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.
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