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pommel

the raised part on the front of a saddle

pommel, pomel

A rounded finial.
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From the Woods, on a roan horse, carbine across pommel, rode the young man with the quick black eyes.
He put the carbine away in its boot, mounted, and waited impatiently, balancing the shirt of apples on the pommel.
A bullet went through his hat, but he was unaware, though he did know when another tore through the apples on the pommel. And he winced and ducked even lower when a third bullet, fired low, struck a stone between his horse's legs and ricochetted off through the air, buzzing and humming like some incredible insect.
"Didst notice the night that he returned from the chambers of O-Mai and was boasting of his exploit, that when he would summon slaves to bring wine he reached for his dagger to strike the gong with its pommel as is always his custom?
The rider was a stern-faced man, hard of mouth and dry of eye, with a heavy sword clanking at his side, and a stiff white bundle swathed in linen balanced across the pommel of his saddle.
He drops his bridle on the pommel of his saddle, whistles to his pony, and disappears in the mist; riding with his hands in his pockets, and his pipe in his mouth, as composedly as if he were sitting by his own fireside at home.
A carbine, strikingly foreshortened, lay across the pommel of the saddle, kept in place by the right hand grasping it at the "grip"; the left hand, holding the bridle rein, was invisible.
His well-executed routines were impressive and helped him achieve high scores of 13 on pommels and 11.5 on rings.
The boys completed challenging voluntary routines on six apparatus including floor, pommels, vault, rings, parallel bars and high bar.
But the two-time Olympic all-around champ had a disappointing return as he failed to enter the finals of both pommel horse and rings at the FIG Artistic Individual World Cup at the Aspire Dome in Doha yesterday.