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 puncture (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

Synonyms for puncture

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 victim, an 18-year-old Milwaukee man, suffered lacerations and puncture wounds to his face and body. Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Nov. 2021 The medical examiner found silicone oozing from her puncture wounds internally, in the muscle of the buttocks. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 6 Nov. 2021 Rocky sustained 8 large puncture wounds that required 30 stitches, but is expected to recover. CBS News, 3 Nov. 2021 If the cyst isn't painful, the infection risk from the needle puncture outweighs the benefit of draining the cyst otherwise. Rebekah Kuschmider, Health.com, 14 Oct. 2021 The insect's venom is powerful enough to kill a human through one sting, and its stinger is strong enough the puncture through a beekeeper's suit, the New York Times reports. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 The puncture took place last weekend, prior to her two official events in Hawaii, when the first lady stepped on an object on the beach, according to a previous pool report. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 30 July 2021 The Zone was meant to step up, not down, to stir thought, to break through tradition and conformity, to punch sacred cows and puncture sanctimony, to praise great performances and criticize lousy ones. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Oct. 2021 The attackers eventually fled, leaving Adelaja with a puncture wound to his chin and a laceration to his lips, police said. NBC News, 8 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Using a sharp knife, puncture the pork (not the skin) at least a dozen times, piercing the meat on all sides. Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021 Use a sharp tool such as a metal skewer or a knife to puncture skin and fat with small holes. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Oct. 2021 Leafcutter ants use their powerful jaws to slice vegetation, scorpions rely on sharp stingers to puncture a predator’s thick skin, and spiders need strong fangs to devour their meals. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Sep. 2021 One classic case involves small birds called blue tits that learned to puncture foil lids of milk bottles in the United Kingdom starting in the 1920s — a crafty move, though less complex and physically demanding than opening trash bins. Christina Larson, Chron, 26 July 2021 One classic case involves small birds called blue tits that learned to puncture foil lids of milk bottles in the United Kingdom starting in the 1920s — a crafty move, though less complex and physically demanding than opening trash bins. Christina Larson, ajc, 23 July 2021 When the pair meet during congressional hearings, there are almost always fireworks as Paul, an ultra-conservative libertarian, seeks to puncture the aura of expertise that surrounds Fauci. Stephen Collinson And Shelby Rose, CNN, 20 July 2021 If included in the final report, that finding would puncture unsubstantiated claims made by Trump and his allies that vote tabulating machines had miscounted paper ballots or been hacked to flip thousands of Trump votes to Biden. Rosalind S. Helderman, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Sep. 2021 Trinity’s Gordon, who is currently committed to Oklahoma State, was finally able to puncture the suffocating Westlake defense with a 40-yard score, late in the third quarter. Dallas News, 4 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of puncture was in the 14th century

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“Puncture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puncture. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for puncture

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
: 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 puncture (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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