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 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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In December, a canister of bear repellant was accidentally punctured in an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey, hospitalizing several employees. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Infant Girl Found Dead in Amazon Warehouse," 17 Jan. 2019 Early reports that the canister was punctured by an Amazon robot have not been confirmed by either Amazon or the Township's communication official, John Nalbone. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Amazon “automated machine” punctures bear spray can, 24 employees hospitalized," 6 Dec. 2018 The seriousness of the moment had been punctured by the arrival of what felt like a souvenir, the kind shilled by amusement parks after a ride on their tallest roller coaster. Elissa Strauss, Glamour, "The Great Frozen Embryo Debate," 11 Oct. 2018 Take care not to puncture the sheet and leave it in place for four to six weeks. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Crabgrass Once and for All," 25 June 2018 But fluoromethane liquefies only under pressure, so if the new batteries are punctured, the pressure releases, the liquid reverts to a gas and the gas can escape, explains Rustomji, lead author of the Science paper. Matthew Sedacca, Scientific American, "These New Batteries Won't Make Your Smartphone Explode," 1 Oct. 2017 Police taped off the street around a silver Jeep, its windshield and passenger-side window punctured with multiple bullet holes. Deanese Williams-harris, chicagotribune.com, "3 seriously wounded in shootings on West Side," 2 June 2018 With every fresh coat of paint, nail punctured shingle and tree planted comes a feeling of hope for a deserving member of the community. Katherine Wright, OrlandoSentinel.com, "FSU football players cherish helping Mr. Freddie, volunteering in community," 21 Apr. 2018 Tuesday marks 23 years since members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult punctured plastic bags to release sarin nerve gas inside subway cars, sickening thousands and killing 13. Fox News, "Aum cult members face execution for Tokyo subway gas attack," 20 Mar. 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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