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 soles are made of a puncture-resistant, waterproof, double-layer polymer/plastic compound and are fused to the sock uppers with no glue or seams. Los Angeles Times, "Gear that keeps clothes neat, you cool, and your feet and your dog happy," 18 July 2019 The deputy sustained deep lacerations and punctures to his right arm and was immediately taken to University Medical Center where he was treated and released. Hanna Krueger, nola.com, "Alligator bites deputy while being removed from Luling backyard," 17 June 2019 Eight others nursing scratches and punctures cluster around her. National Geographic, "Why Zimbabwe’s female rangers are better at stopping poaching," 12 June 2019 The four inmates were taken to a hospital for injuries that include puncture wounds, cuts and bruises to the head, neck and torso. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "4 inmates hospitalized after riot at Southern California prison," 24 Aug. 2019 Five inmates, one of them with critical puncture wounds, were taken to hospitals. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Warehouse fire reported at Donovan state prison," 24 Aug. 2019 Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue officials told news outlets that the 12-year-old was found bleeding with puncture wounds. BostonGlobe.com, "Canadian boy bitten by shark at Florida beach," 21 Aug. 2019 The victim suffered four deep puncture wounds in his leg. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Third bear attack this season in Aspen raises safety concerns, warnings from state wildlife officials," 19 Aug. 2019 The victim had non-life-threatening puncture wounds to his stomach and chest. Jake Richardson, The Mercury News, "Campbell crime report for the week of Aug. 23," 15 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And for a campaign that is based on electability, losing Iowa could puncture his frontrunner status in a way that would make a New Hampshire comeback unlikely. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "This time, the road to N.H. might run through Iowa," 6 Sep. 2019 For some of us memories linger from past hurricanes with limbs puncturing roofs, car windows smashed and lives disrupted. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian reminder to check your trees for removal," 4 Sep. 2019 Two thirds of the country sit on permafrost, which is degrading rapidly, puncturing places like the Yakutia region with giant sinkholes. Frederik Pleitgen, CNN, "Fires, floods (and even bugs) are challenging Russia's stance on the climate crisis," 6 Aug. 2019 Massey said teeth punctured through Jackson's gum, above his lip and beneath his nose. al, "Delta passenger needs 28 stitches after emotional-support dog lunges, mauls his face, lawsuit says," 29 May 2019 Usually, these bacteria enter the body through a break in the skin, including cuts and scrapes, burns, insect bites, puncture wounds and even surgical wounds. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Florida man has 25% of his skin stripped from his body in his fight against flesh-eating bacteria," 27 Aug. 2019 When graphene oxide is dry, mosquitoes can’t produce enough force to puncture it. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Graphene-Coated Fabric Causes Mosquitoes to Buzz Off," 20 Aug. 2019 There was even a suspected victim: a neighbor’s dog that turned up dead with two puncture wounds on its leg. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago alligator joins a long line of local reptiles that have stirred up trouble. Here are some of the most famous.," 16 July 2019 The 17-year-old cyclist required a three-hour surgery after the wood impaled his side, cutting through his thigh and puncturing his lung, according to a report from the Italian cycling media outlet, BiCiTV. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Italian cyclist impaled by 2-foot-long piece of wood during Belgium track race," 17 July 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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