Pun. n.s. [I know not whence this word is to be deduced: to pun, is to grind or beat with a pestle; can pun mean an empty sound, like that of a mortar beaten, as clench, the old word for pun seems only a corruption of clink?] An equivocation; a quibble; an expression where a word has at once different meanings.
It is not the word, but the figure that appears on the medal: cuniculus may stand for a rabbit or a mine, but the picture of a rabbit is not the picture of a mine: a pun can be no more engraven, than it can be translated. Addison.
But fill their purse, our poet's work is done,
Alike to them by pathos, or by pun. Pope.