puncture

1 of 2

noun

punc·​ture ˈpəŋk-chər How to pronounce puncture (audio)
1
: an act of puncturing
2
: a hole, wound, or perforation made by puncturing
3
: a minute depression

puncture

2 of 2

verb

punctured; puncturing ˈpəŋk-chə-riŋ How to pronounce puncture (audio)
ˈpəŋk-shriŋ

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Police found an unresponsive man, who was later identified as 38-year-old William Jemison of Hartford, suffering from a puncture wound, Boisvert said in a statement. Justin Muszynski, Hartford Courant, 31 May 2024 The victim also had blunt force injuries to his head, torso and extremities as well as puncture wounds from a knife to his lung, esophagus, chest and lower abdomen. Rocco Parascandola, New York Daily News, 30 May 2024
Verb
But Linklater is quick to puncture that mythologizing. Tim Grierson, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2024 Unlike mosquitoes, crane flies do not have a feeding apparatus designed to puncture skin and draw blood. Tiffany Acosta, The Arizona Republic, 12 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for puncture 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Latin punctura, from punctus, past participle of pungere

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1675, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Puncture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puncture. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

puncture

1 of 2 noun
punc·​ture ˈpəŋ(k)-chər How to pronounce puncture (audio)
1
: the act of puncturing
2
: a hole or wound made by puncturing
a slight puncture of the skin
a tire puncture

puncture

2 of 2 verb
punctured; puncturing ˈpəŋ(k)-chə-riŋ How to pronounce puncture (audio)
ˈpəŋ(k)-shriŋ
1
: to make a hole with a point
a nail punctured the tire
2
: to suffer a puncture of
punctured the tire on a nail
3
: to become punctured
worn tires puncture easily
4
: to make useless or ridiculous as if by a puncture
puncture an argument

Medical Definition

puncture

1 of 2 noun
punc·​ture ˈpəŋ(k)-chər How to pronounce puncture (audio)
1
: an act of puncturing
2
: a hole, wound, or perforation made by puncturing

puncture

2 of 2 verb

transitive verb

: to pierce with or as if with a pointed instrument or object
puncture the skin with a needle

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