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1puncture

noun punc·ture \ˈpəŋk-chər\

: a hole or wound made by a sharp point

: a small hole in a tire that causes it to lose air

Full Definition of PUNCTURE

1
:  an act of puncturing
2
:  a hole, wound, or perforation made by puncturing
3
:  a minute depression

Examples of PUNCTURE

  1. a slight puncture of the skin
  2. <a leak caused by several small punctures in the rubber gasket>

Origin of PUNCTURE

Middle English, from Latin punctura, from punctus, past participle of pungere
First Known Use: 14th century

2puncture

verb

: to make a hole in (something) with a sharp point

: to weaken, damage, or destroy (something, such as an argument or a person's feelings, pride, etc.) suddenly or in a way that causes surprise or embarrassment

of a sound : to interrupt (silence) in a sudden and unexpected way

punc·turedpunc·tur·ing \ˈpəŋk-chə-riŋ, ˈpəŋk-shriŋ\

Full Definition of PUNCTURE

transitive verb
1
:  to pierce with or as if with a pointed instrument or object
2
:  to make useless or ineffective as if by a puncture :  deflate
intransitive verb
:  to become punctured

Examples of PUNCTURE

  1. <a nail punctured the tire>
  2. <I could never puncture my own skin with a hypodermic needle.>

First Known Use of PUNCTURE

1699
PUNCTURED Defined for Kids

1puncture

noun punc·ture \ˈpəŋk-chər\

Definition of PUNCTURE for Kids

1
:  an act of piercing with something pointed
2
:  a hole or wound made by piercing with something pointed

2puncture

verb
punc·turedpunc·tur·ing

Definition of PUNCTURE for Kids

1
:  to pierce with something pointed
2
:  to weaken or damage as if by piercing a hole in <My response punctured his argument.>

Word Root of PUNCTURE

The Latin word pungere, meaning to prick or to pierce, and its form punctus give us the roots pung and punct. Words from the Latin pungere have something to do with pricking or piercing. To puncture is to pierce with something pointed. A pungent smell is one that is so strong and sharp that it pierces the nose. Someone punctual acts at the exact point when the hands of the clock prick the right moment. Punctuation pierces a string of words to form separate sentences.

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