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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.
(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.
punt3 Chiefly Brit
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."