[pon-tif-uh-seez] /pɒnˈtɪf əˌsiz/
plural of .
[pon-tuh-feks] /ˈpɒn təˌfɛks/
noun, plural pontifices
[pon-tif-uh-seez] /pɒnˈtɪf əˌsiz/ (Show IPA). Roman Religion.
a member of the Pontifical College, which was presided over by a chief priest (Pontifex Maximus)
noun (pl) pontifices (pɒnˈtɪfɪˌsiːz)
(in ancient Rome) any of the senior members of the Pontifical College, presided over by the Pontifex Maximus
member of the supreme college of priests in ancient Rome, 1570s, from Latin pontifex “high priest, chief of the priests,” probably from pont-, stem of pons “bridge” (see pons) + -fex, -ficis, root of facere “make” (see factitious). If so, the word originally meant “bridge-maker,” or “path-maker.”
Weekley points out that, “bridge-building has always been regarded as a pious work of divine inspiration.” Or the term may be metaphoric of bridging the earthly world and the realm of the gods. Other suggestions trace it to Oscan-Umbrian puntis “propitiary offering,” or to a lost Etruscan word, in either case altered by folk etymology to resemble the Latin for “bridge-maker.” In Old English, pontifex is glossed in the Durham Ritual (Old Northumbrian dialect) as brycgwyrcende “bridge-maker.”
[pon-til] /ˈpɒn tɪl/ noun 1. . /ˈpɒntɪl/ noun 1. a less common word for punty
pontile pon·tile (pŏn’tīl’) or pon·tine (-tīn’, -tēn’) adj. Of or relating to a pons.
- Pontine angle tumor
pontine angle tumor n. A tumor that grows in the proximal portion of the acoustic nerve, especially in the angle formed by the cerebellum and the lateral pons.
[pon-tahyn, -teen] /ˈpɒn taɪn, -tin/ adjective, Anatomy. 1. of or relating to the pons. [pon-teen, -tahyn] /ˈpɒn tin, -taɪn/ adjective 1. of or relating to the Pontine Marshes. /ˈpɒntaɪn/ adjective 1. of or relating to bridges 2. of or relating to the pons Varolii