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 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 Houston police identified a person found dead last month along the Katy Freeway as a 22-year-old transgender woman, who died from multiple puncture wounds and lacerations. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Identity released of transgender woman found dead along Katy Freeway in Houston," 15 Aug. 2019 On Facebook, Elisa wrote that her husband was transported to a hospital where the puncture wounds and lacerations on his hands and arms were treated. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Like ... a horror movie’: Camper saves family from wolf attack in Canada’s Banff National Park," 14 Aug. 2019 On Facebook, Elisa wrote that her husband was transported to a hospital where the puncture wounds and lacerations on his hands and arms were treated. The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "Man saves N.J. family of 4 from savage wolf attack in Canada," 14 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 He was rushed to the hospital after the wood cut into his thigh, pierced his side and punctured his lung. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "17-Year-Old Italian Cyclist Impaled by Piece of Wooden Track," 17 July 2019 Cycling News reports that the wooden piece of track went through Gobbo’s back and punctured his lung. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Italian Cyclist, 17, Impaled by Nearly 2-Foot-Long Piece of Wooden Track During Race," 17 July 2019 Since May 12, a half-dozen oil tankers have been punctured by explosions, and on June 13 an Iranian military vessel was photographed retrieving a mine that had failed to detonate. Karl Vick, Time, "If Neither Trump Nor Iran Want War, What Do They Want Instead?," 20 June 2019 This makes implanting electrodes a challenge, especially since much of the brain is laced with blood vessels that the electrodes could easily puncture. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk’s Neuralink: Both an evolution and a plan for radical change," 13 Aug. 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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