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 for punch press
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Punch \Punch\, n. [Abbrev. fr. puncheon.]
     1. A tool, usually of steel, variously shaped at one end for
        different uses, and either solid, for stamping or for
        perforating holes in metallic plates and other substances,
        or hollow and sharpedged, for cutting out blanks, as for
        buttons, steel pens, jewelry, and the like; a die.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Pile Driving) An extension piece applied to the top of a
        pile; a dolly.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. A prop, as for the roof of a mine.
        [1913 Webster]
     Bell punch. See under Bell.
     Belt punch (Mach.), a punch, or punch pliers, for making
        holes for lacings in the ends of driving belts.
     Punch press. See Punching machine, under Punch, v. i.
     Punch pliers, pliers having a tubular, sharp-edged steel
        punch attached to one of the jaws, for perforating
        leather, paper, and the like.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Punch \Punch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Punched; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Punching.] [From Punch, n., a tool; cf. F.
     To perforate or stamp with an instrument by pressure, or a
     blow; as, to punch a hole; to punch ticket.
     [1913 Webster]
     Punching machine, or Punching press, a machine tool for
        punching holes in metal or other material; -- called also
        punch press.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  punch press
      n 1: a power driven press used to shape metal parts

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