- A metal tool that is shaped like a pencil where you can hit the blunt end with a hammer so that the sharp point makes an indentation in some metal. In this way the drill-bit can fit into the indentation when you want to make a hole.
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Center punch — Center punch, or Centre punch Centre punch (Mech.) (a) A punch for making indentations or dots in a piece of work, as for suspension between lathe centers, etc. (b) A punch for punching holes in sheet metal, having a small conical center to… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
center punch — n. a steel punch for marking a spot where a hole is to be drilled … English World dictionary
center punch — a punch for making shallow indentations in metal work, as to center drill bits. [1875 80] * * * … Universalium
center punch — cen′ter punch n. mel a punch for making shallow indentations in metal, esp. to mark points for drilling … From formal English to slang
center punch — noun Date: 1861 a hand punch consisting of a short steel bar with a hardened conical point at one end used for marking the centers of holes to be drilled … New Collegiate Dictionary
center-punch — n. hand punch used for marking the centers of holes to be drilled … English contemporary dictionary
center punch — I noun a tool with a conical point that is used to make indentations in metal (especially to mark points for drilling) • Hypernyms: ↑punch, ↑puncher II verb make a small hole in something as a guide for a drill (Freq. 2) • Hypernyms: ↑ … Useful english dictionary
center punch — 1. verb to create a small hole or indentation in a workpiece as a guide in preparation for drilling 2. noun a) a device used to create a small indentation in preparation for drilling a hole b) the small indentation created by such a device … Wiktionary
Automatic center punch — An automatic center punch is a hand tool used to produce a dimple in a workpiece (for example, a piece of metal). It performs the same function as an ordinary center punch but without the need for a hammer. When pressed against the workpiece, it… … Wikipedia
bell center punch — noun : a center or prick punch mounted on the axis of a hollow cone that when placed over the end of round stock and struck marks the center of the stock … Useful english dictionary