What does the word pommel mean?

Usage examples for pommel

  1. In the mean- season, the other seven had provided them of such weapons as they could get in that house, and John Fox took him to an old rusty sword- blade without either hilt or pommel, which he made to serve his turn in bending the hand end of the sword instead of a pommel, and the other had got such spits and glaves as they found in the house. – Voyager's Tales by Richard Hakluyt
  2. More cautious now, Crawley stuck his knees in and leaned back, and, when Sir Robert alighted, was still on, with both feet in the stirrups, but very much on the pommel, and not in an elegant attitude at all. – Dr. Jolliffe's Boys by Lewis Hough
  3. An old man with a heavy iron- gray beard smoked a pipe, puffing out great mouthfuls of smoke with a sort of deliberate energy; another whittled a stick, cutting a bull with horns, and shaping his work with the nicest care; and still another traced letters on the pommel of his saddle with his thumb- nail. – The Boy Scouts Book of Stories by Various