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puncture

noun punc·ture \ ˈpəŋk-chər \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of puncture

1 :an act of puncturing
2 :a hole, wound, or perforation made by puncturing
3 :a minute depression

Examples of puncture in a Sentence

  1. a slight puncture of the skin

  2. a leak caused by several small punctures in the rubber gasket

Recent Examples of puncture from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of puncture

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

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puncture

verb

Definition of puncture

punctured; puncturing play \ˈpəŋk-chə-riŋ, 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
intransitive verb
:to become punctured

Examples of puncture in a Sentence

  1. a nail punctured the tire

  2. I could never puncture my own skin with a hypodermic needle.

Recent Examples of puncture from the Web

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First Known Use of puncture

1675

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PUNCTURE Defined for English Language Learners

puncture

noun

Definition of puncture for English Language Learners

  • : a hole or wound made by a sharp point

  • : a small hole in a tire that causes it to lose air


puncture

verb

Definition of puncture for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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puncture

noun punc·ture \ ˈpəŋk-chər \

Definition of puncture for Students

1 :an act of piercing with something pointed
2 :a hole or wound made by piercing with something pointed

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puncture

verb

Definition of puncture for Students

punctured; puncturing
1 :to pierce with something pointed
2 :to weaken or damage as if by piercing a hole in
  • My response punctured his argument.

Word Root of puncture

The Latin word pungere, meaning “to prick” or “to pierce,” and its form punctus give us the roots pung and punct. Words from the Latin pungere have something to do with pricking or piercing. To puncture is to pierce with something pointed. A pungent smell is one that is so strong and sharp that it pierces the nose. Someone punctual acts at the exact point when the hands of the clock prick the right moment. Punctuation pierces a string of words to form separate sentences.


Medical Dictionary

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puncture

noun punc·ture \ ˈpəŋ(k)-chər \

medical Definition of puncture

1 :an act of puncturing
2 :a hole, wound, or perforation made by puncturing

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puncture

verb

medical Definition of puncture

punctured; puncturing play \ˈpəŋ(k)-chə-riŋ, ˈpəŋ(k)-shriŋ\
transitive verb
:to pierce with or as if with a pointed instrument or object
  • puncture the skin with a needle
intransitive verb
:to become punctured


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