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. 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