puncture

noun
punc·​ture | \ˈpəŋk-chər \

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, 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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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

Derani's car was very fast at the start of the race but ran into trouble less than half an hour in with a puncture. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Petit Le Mans: More proof we’re in a golden age for sportscar racing," 18 Oct. 2018 Barclay-Weberpal suffered a puncture wound to his chest, the Register reported. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Marine convicted of involuntary manslaughter in stabbing death of private at Camp Pendleton," 26 July 2018 Tony Kanaan was fast and appeared poised to contend with Ed Carpenter and Power for the win before a tire puncture derailed his day. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar midseason review, Part I: What’s gone right," 14 June 2018 New York Police Department officers arrived at the Auburndale home around 10 p.m. and found Elaina Torabi unresponsive, with a possible puncture wound and laceration to the head, according to an NYPD spokeswoman. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "NYPD Investigators Question Mother After Her 1-Year-Old Is Found Dead," 4 Oct. 2018 The unidentified boy from Washington state was transferred to a Montana hospital after suffering puncture wounds to his back, wounds around his buttocks and an injured wrist, the National Park Service said in a statement. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Bear attacks, injures 10-year-old boy at Yellowstone National Park," 24 Aug. 2018 Marcel Kittel also had a puncture that took the big sprinter out of the running. sacbee, "Gaviria sprints to victory in Stage 5 of Tour of California | The Sacramento Bee," 17 May 2018 The end result: damage patterns on the pelvis and scapulae bones that exactly mimicked the puncture marks on the ancient deer. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Neanderthals Hunted in Groups, One More Strike Against the Dumb Brute Myth," 27 June 2018 The boy suffered a puncture wound on his head, a cut near his eye, and other injuries from the bird's talons. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Aggressive squirrels drive Orange County park staff, visitors nuts," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Roberto Petray, a friend of the priest, told the news channel 100% Noticias that Mata was forced from the vehicle by assailants who broke its windows and punctured its tires. Luis Manuel Galeano, The Seattle Times, "Families bury the dead after bloody weekend in Nicaragua," 17 July 2018 Roberto Petray, a friend of the priest, told the news channel 100% Noticias that Mata was forced from the vehicle by assailants who broke its windows and punctured its tires. Fox News, "Rights group: At least 10 shot dead in Nicaragua violence," 16 July 2018 The Celtics’ injuries are really no different than the weather changing during a big climb or puncturing a tire in the midst of a triathlon. Brad Stulberg, Outside Online, "What Can the NBA Playoffs Teach You About Performance?," 17 May 2018 One of the men pushed the other and punctured a tire on the man's car. Sun-Sentinel.com, "West Boca area crime log: April 17-29," 8 May 2018 The setting is an engagement party for a young couple, where joy and hope are soon punctured by news that England has declared war on Germany. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "The tunes that lifted spirits in WWI, and the man who wrote them | The Kansas City Star," 18 Mar. 2018 Commercial shops are required to crush or puncture the used filters to facilitate draining. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Dispose of Hazardous Waste Without Damaging the Environment," 9 Oct. 2018 The microstructures supposedly provide a gentler alternative to microneedling, which punctures the skin surface with actual needles to allow skin-care ingredients to penetrate better. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The K-Beauty Acropass Trouble Cure Patch Uses Microneedles to Treat Cystic Acne," 19 July 2018 Save the face-puncturing for the professionals, okay? Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The Only 4 Ways to Get Rid of Fine Lines Around Your Eyes," 18 July 2018

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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 \

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 \

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 \

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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