puncture


1punc·ture

noun \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

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