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

Synonyms: Verb

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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 His dog was treated at the emergency vet for several puncture wounds. cleveland, "German Shepherd off leash bites loose dog: Rocky River Police Blotter," 6 Nov. 2020 Tactical pens can also inflict shallow puncture wounds. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Personal Defense Tools and Weapons That Could Save Your Life in an Emergency," 4 Nov. 2020 The officer suffered a puncture wound and was taken to a hospital in fair condition, police said. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago cop stabbed while answering mental health call on the South Side," 6 Nov. 2020 Objects get kicked up by other vehicles (and your own) and land in just the right way to be run over and cause the puncture. Motormouth Bob Weber, Star Tribune, "Motor Mouth: Old STP is good for collectors but not cars," 16 Oct. 2020 But Ruff survived—the puncture wound had missed his vitals by inches—and went on to have a legendary hunting career. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "Your Retriever Will Teach You These 5 Life Lessons," 25 Sep. 2020 The guard was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated for 27 puncture wounds to the head, neck and chest that did not require surgery or stitches, authorities said. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "Sisters, 18 and 21, accused of attacking store security guard, stabbing him 27 times after they refused to wear face masks," 27 Oct. 2020 His puncture wound became infected, requiring several hospital trips. al, "She Went Out For A Walk. Then Drogo The Police Dog Charged.," 15 Oct. 2020 His puncture wound became infected, requiring several hospital trips. Maurice Chammah And Abbie Vansickle, USA TODAY, "She went out for a walk. Then Drogo the police dog charged.," 15 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To avoid that, marine experts like Moore puncture the abdominal cavity with a knife to slowly let out the gas. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Remembering one of history’s greatest whale explosions," 16 Nov. 2020 Just hours after Joe Biden was declared president-elect of the United States, and as massive celebrations gripped cities around the country, Dave Chappelle took the Saturday Night Live stage to puncture the jubilant mood. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Forget SNL. The Best Election Satire Is on TikTok.," 13 Nov. 2020 In addition to teaching that tortoises like a good back scratch, these zoos can also puncture common myths. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Need ideas for coronavirus kids parties? These San Antonio mobile petting zoos bring the animals to you," 27 Oct. 2020 The lawsuit said the cars are unsafe to drive because the broken rims could puncture the tires, causing air leaks and tire blowouts. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Lawsuit seeks millions from GM for cracked wheels on pricey Corvettes," 10 Oct. 2020 Suddenly into that orderly silence a loud noise erupts, the first of several that will puncture this holiday and throw everyone’s lives off-kilter. Washington Post, "Rumaan Alam’s ‘Leave the World Behind’ is a brilliant, suspenseful examination of race and class," 5 Oct. 2020 At Conservatory Water, placid chimes gently puncture a scrim of calm strings. Washington Post, "‘Soundwalk’ turns Central Park into an intoxicating musical adventure," 23 Sep. 2020 This can result in engine damage and connecting rod failure, which could potentially puncture the engine block. USA TODAY, "Car recalls for September 10-17," 18 Sep. 2020 The paddle, which looks like a hairbrush with spikes, was used in the late 1800s to puncture mail so that postal workers could fumigate it to try to contain yellow fever outbreaks. Washington Post, "We now know that the Postal Service can change history. This museum has argued that for decades.," 10 Sep. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for puncture

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The first known use of puncture was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

24 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Puncture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puncture. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for puncture

puncture

noun
How to pronounce puncture (audio)

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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