puncture

noun
punc·​ture | \ ˈpəŋk-chər How to pronounce puncture (audio) \

Definition of puncture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

puncture

verb
punctured; puncturing\ ˈpəŋk-​chə-​riŋ How to pronounce puncturing (audio) , ˈpəŋk-​shriŋ \

Definition of puncture (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms for puncture

Synonyms: Noun

perforation, pinhole, pinprick, prick, punch, stab

Synonyms: Verb

bore, drill, hole, perforate, pierce, punch, riddle

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Examples of puncture in a Sentence

Noun

a slight puncture of the skin a leak caused by several small punctures in the rubber gasket

Verb

a nail punctured the tire I could never puncture my own skin with a hypodermic needle.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The outer shell is puncture-proof and double-coated with Thermo-Plastic Urethane, has sturdy handles on each end, and boasts a completely leak-proof zipper. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Soft Coolers for Any Outing," 25 June 2019 The woman and her child luckily did not suffer any life-threatening injuries but were treated for puncture wounds and scratches, CI Proud reports. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Mother and Daughter Attacked by Exotic Cat After Animal Escapes from an Illinois Home," 24 June 2019 McCall said the boy, whose name is not being released, sustained minimal and non-life threatening puncture wounds and is expected to make a full recovery. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "8 year-old bitten by shark in North Carolina expected to make full recovery," 18 June 2019 This puncture in the very fabric of the universe is surrounded by a curved, exotic expanse of space-time from which nothing escapes. National Geographic, "First-ever picture of a black hole unveiled," 10 Apr. 2019 The force of the collision left multiple punctures in the ship’s starboard hull. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Truth About Failing Spectacularly," 16 Feb. 2019 All the questions posed by the case are made believable by the puncture in the old blood vial. German Lopez, Vox, "The first season was a huge hit, and quite a bit has happened since it premiered.," 18 Oct. 2018 Don't try to squeeze venom from the puncture and certainly don't cut the wounds. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Rattlers and ticks part of spring turkey hunting," 8 Apr. 2018 Lesandro had bruising, scratches and small puncture wounds on his body, according to autopsy photos. Jan Ransom, New York Times, "‘Junior’ Guzman Killing: 5 Convicted of Hacking Innocent Teenager to Death," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The nail punctured the wall of the carpenter’s trachea. Edward Baig, USA TODAY, "Your doctor may be playing medical video games at work. That could be good for your health," 12 June 2019 Ives is either puncturing a myth about Iowa or advancing it; either option makes her book an indulgence. The New Yorker, "What We’re Reading This Summer," 4 June 2019 Unlike run-flat tires, which have stiff sides that allow them to keep rolling after the air leaks out, self-sealing tires can keep going for days after a nail or similar object punctures them. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Ford Explorer's new tires fix themselves, representing a coming trend for drivers," 29 June 2019 An autopsy by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office determined the knife punctured Renix's left lung, causing his chest cavity to fill with blood. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woman charged with Glendale motel stabbing said victim 'jumped onto my knife,' complaint says," 24 June 2019 One of the bullets missed Toney's bulletproof vest by an inch, cut through an artery, punctured his lung and lodged in his vertebrae. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana death row holds 11 prisoners," 31 Jan. 2014 Two days later, at around 4 a.m., Mr. Palmer was seen striking his head on his cell room door, the autopsy report said, cutting and puncturing the back of his head and leaving bloody traces on the door, the report said. New York Times, "A Prison Death, a Mysterious Autopsy and Official Silence," 18 June 2019 When Amos punctured the balloon, a cloud of pink dust puffed out, eliciting squeals and hollers from those gathered around an old oak tree for the ceremony, Fox 13 News reported. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida couple uses pet alligator for gender reveal for family’s 10th child," 12 June 2019 Electric cars represent a serious design break from car engines of the past, and their big battery packs represent a fire danger if those packs are punctured during an accident. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What To Do When Your Electric Car's on Fire," 12 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of puncture

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1675, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for puncture

Noun

Middle English, from Latin punctura, from punctus, past participle of pungere

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puncture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of puncture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a hole or wound made by a sharp point
: a small hole in a tire that causes it to lose air

puncture

verb

English Language Learners Definition of puncture (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

puncture

noun
punc·​ture | \ ˈpəŋk-chər How to pronounce puncture (audio) \

Kids Definition of puncture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

puncture

verb
punctured; puncturing

Kids Definition of puncture (Entry 2 of 2)

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

puncture

noun
punc·​ture | \ ˈpəŋ(k)-chər How to pronounce puncture (audio) \

Medical Definition of puncture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

puncture

verb
punctured; puncturing\ ˈpəŋ(k)-​chə-​riŋ, ˈpəŋ(k)-​shriŋ How to pronounce puncturing (audio) \

Medical Definition of puncture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to pierce with or as if with a pointed instrument or object puncture the skin with a needle

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