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

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 Dahlgren's injuries include six broken vertebrae in his neck and back, a fractured skull, a brain injury and a puncture wound in his head. Jenna West, SI.com, "Humboldt Broncos Bus Crash Survivor Signs With College Team After Recovery," 11 May 2018 The jagged edges of the cobbles inject the likelihood of regular punctures and mechanical failures. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Biggest Booby-Trap at the Tour de France: Cobblestone Roads," 13 July 2018 Most of the time, the poles will just bounce back after an impact like that—the polyester sheath does an excellent job protecting the inner tubes from abrasion and punctures. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The Tent Starring in Netflix's Latest Sci-Fi Series," 23 Apr. 2018 The bite left a minor puncture wound, but Inyang declined medical treatment, police said. Thomas Oide, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston police dog plays role in arrest," 2 July 2018 By then, rivulets of blood, thinned by the venom, ran from the puncture wounds. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 Three days later, an agent with the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office's Investigative Services Bureau saw multiple puncture wounds and cuts on the inmate's neck and face. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "Man awaiting murder trials at Orleans Parish jail stabs another inmate with a shank: warrant," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Flynn's mere presence in court in Washington could serve to puncture ongoing speculation by conservative media that Mueller's case against Flynn is falling apart and that the former national security adviser may withdraw his guilty plea. Spencer S. Hsu And Rosalind S. Helderman, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn expected back in court for first time since guilty plea," 10 July 2018 Cult members used sharp umbrellas to puncture plastic bags filled with liquid sarin in crowded trains: experts said the death toll could have been much higher if the group had been better chemists and produced a purer form of the compound. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Former leader of Japanese doomsday cult hanged over 1995 sarin gas attack," 5 July 2018 The blast happened after police got a call at 6:30 p.m. that construction workers working on a downtown street had punctured a WE Energies natural gas line. Todd Richmond, BostonGlobe.com, "Firefighter killed in gas explosion, fire near Madison," 12 July 2018 The blast happened after police got a call at 6:30 p.m. that construction workers on a downtown street had punctured a WE Energies natural gas line. Washington Post, "First black female mayor of San Francisco is sworn in," 12 July 2018 WE Energies spokeswoman Amy Jahns said workers for a private contractor punctured a 4-inch gas main, causing a leak that resulted in the explosion that rained debris around the downtown area and ignited vehicles parked in the area. Todd Richmond, chicagotribune.com, "Firefighter killed, a dozen injured in gas explosion and fire near Madison, Wisconsin," 11 July 2018 You, the debut film from musician Boots Riley, faces the difficult task of puncturing the ever-more-absurd heights of real-life oppression and inequality in America. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Is a Dystopian Send-Up of Dystopias," 13 July 2018 Campbell and Dumas lay on the pavement next to a fueler truck that was punctured by debris from the helicopter. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "More than 100 people, a dozen agencies participate in mock crash at Gary airport," 22 June 2018 About 37 million cars have been recalled in the past three years to prevent inflator malfunctions that have killed 23 people, including three Floridians, by puncturing them with shrapnel. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Despite danger, airbag parts still on back order for some car models," 18 June 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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