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puncture

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noun punc·ture \ˈpəŋk-chər\

Simple Definition of puncture

  • : 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. 1 :  an act of puncturing

  2. 2 :  a hole, wound, or perforation made by puncturing

  3. 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


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puncture

verb punc·ture

Simple Definition of puncture

  • : 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

Full Definition of puncture

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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pierce with or as if with a pointed instrument or object

  3. 2 :  to make useless or ineffective as if by a puncture :  deflate

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become punctured

Examples of puncture

  1. <a nail punctured the tire>

  2. <I could never puncture my own skin with a hypodermic needle.>



1699

First Known Use of puncture

1699



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