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Punt

(po͝ont), ancient land S of Egypt accessible by way of the Red Sea. Its exact location has not been identified, but it probably included the Somali coast. Temple reliefs at Deir el Bahari in W Thebes depict an Egyptian expedition to Punt in the reign of Hatshepsut. From Punt the Egyptians obtained slaves, as well as gold and incense.

Punt

 

(also Puoni), in ancient Egypt, the name of a country in East Africa, evidently on the Somali Peninsula, on the coast of the Gulf of Aden. From the time of the Old Kingdom (third millennium B.C.), the Egyptian pharaohs frequently sent trade and plundering expeditions into Punt by way of the Red Sea. The chief exports of Punt were myrrh, gold, ebony, and ivory. Punt was also a source of slaves.

punt

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(naval architecture)
A heavily built boat of rectangular shape used by workmen employed in painting, cleaning, or repairing a ship's topsides when in sheltered waters.
A square-ended boat used on shallow rivers and lakes, often propelled by poles.

punt

1
an open flat-bottomed boat with square ends, propelled by a pole

punt

2
a kick in certain sports, such as rugby, in which the ball is released and kicked before it hits the ground

punt

3 Chiefly Brit
1. a gamble or bet, esp against the bank, as in roulette, or on horses
2. a person who bets

punt

4
(formerly) the Irish pound

punt

(From the punch line of an old joke referring to American football: "Drop back 15 yards and punt!") 1. To give up, typically without any intention of retrying. "Let's punt the movie tonight." "I was going to hack all night to get this feature in, but I decided to punt" may mean that you've decided not to stay up all night, and may also mean you're not ever even going to put in the feature.

2. More specifically, to give up on figuring out what the Right Thing is and resort to an inefficient hack.

3. A design decision to defer solving a problem, typically because one cannot define what is desirable sufficiently well to frame an algorithmic solution. "No way to know what the right form to dump the graph in is - we'll punt that for now."

4. To hand a tricky implementation problem off to some other section of the design. "It's too hard to get the compiler to do that; let's punt to the run-time system."