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 dog had a few puncture wounds, but otherwise was okay. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "This Man Punched a Cougar in the Face to Save His Beloved Mini Dachshund," 10 July 2015 The grizzly bit his hand, leaving puncture wounds and breaking a bone in his forearm. Matt Volz, The Seattle Times, "Grizzly attacks hunter in mountains north of Yellowstone," 15 Oct. 2018 Though light bruising is fine, dark spots or punctures are not. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Pick the Most Delicious Pears Every Time," 19 Sep. 2018 My wife Denese then turned on the hose and discovered multiple puncture holes. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "It’s nature’s way, caught on camera," 27 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The boy suffered an injured wrist and puncture wounds. Fox News, "Yellowstone bear that attacked boy won't be captured, killed," 24 Aug. 2018 There is at least one spinal injury that might cause paralysis to some degree, and lots of stab and puncture wounds. Rebecca Boone, The Seattle Times, "Family friend says slain birthday girl was ‘mother’s shadow’," 3 July 2018 Police found George Hamilton with multiple cuts and puncture wounds on the sidewalk at the end of a driveway in the 2700 block of East 35th Street. Mark Davis, kansascity, "Woman sentenced to 23 years in 2016 stabbing death of Kansas City man," 23 June 2018 While photographs show bruises and scratches to Brown’s face and puncture wounds in his back, Brown played 27 minutes in the Bucks game that same night. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Inside Sterling Brown’s compelling lawsuit against the Milwaukee Police Department and City of Milwaukee," 19 June 2018 Last April, the Blue Jays had to postpone a game against Kansas City after chunks of ice falling off the nearby CN Tower punctured holes in the stadium roof. Ian Harrison, The Seattle Times, "Sanchez, Blue Jays pitch 2nd shutout in row, top Tigers 3-0," 30 Mar. 2019 An announcement of Kansas or Vanderbilt, the ceremonial wearing of either of those enemy hats, would have punctured the mood inside this gym like a pin to a balloon. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Romeo Langford picks Indiana over Kansas, Vanderbilt; a state rejoices," 30 Apr. 2018 The prisoner’s attorney said the man’s bladder may have been punctured during the attempt. Willie James Inman, Fox News, "Future of lethal injection in doubt as critics, drug makers rebel against it," 31 July 2018 Schneider also stabbed Lebechuck in the head, neck, arms and torso, puncturing Lebechuck's lung and slicing all the way through his cheek, the affidavit said. Aimee Green, OregonLive.com, "Lawyer worries homeless camper accused of stabbing resident 17 times is irrational," 30 May 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 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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