Pronunciation: (pum'ul, pom'-),[key] —n., v.,-meled, -mel•ing or (esp. Brit.)-melled, -mel•ling.
—n. 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.
—v.t. to beat or strike with or as if with the fists or a pommel. Also,pummel.