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

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 Matthews’ body was covered in puncture wounds and appeared to be missing a piece of flesh from her ankle, the report says. NBC News, "Woman found dead in Ohio home was likely killed by her Great Danes, police say," 4 Nov. 2019 The injuries included bruising and abrasions on his chest; abrasions and puncture wounds on his front legs; lacerations on his lip and tongue; a puncture on his left chin and fractured teeth. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Woodbury man accused of punching and kicking girlfriend’s dog charged with felony animal cruelty," 11 Oct. 2019 But medical examiners found six puncture wounds and noted the rake was four-pronged. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Iowa Farmer Found Guilty of Killing Wife With Corn Rake," 24 Sep. 2019 The vet, a friend of my sister and brother-in-law, told us the puncture wounds were most likely from a small dog. Katie Gutierrez, Longreads, "How to Predict the Unpredictable," 24 Sep. 2019 Three inmates were treated at outside hospitals for puncture wounds after guards using pepper spray broke it up. San Diego Union-Tribune, "APNewsBreak: California halts prison gang peacemaking effort," 24 Sep. 2019 Currently, some 200 million tires are lost every year to punctures, damage from road hazards, and uneven wear from improper inflation. Lyndon Conrad Bell, Houston Chronicle, "Puncture-proof tires: Get no more flats," 9 Aug. 2019 The two Ferrari drivers faced off on Lap 66 after a safety car restart, and contact between the cars gave Vettel a right-rear puncture, while Leclerc had a broken suspension. Washington Post, "Ferrari’s troubles deepen at Brazilian GP," 18 Nov. 2019 An adult woman, whom police identified as a 24-year-old teacher from the Rochester Arts and Science Academy, had a small puncture wound near her shoulder blade that was bleeding slightly. Emily Cutts, Twin Cities, "Man charged with stabbing Rochester teacher tells judge he wants ‘to go for the maximum’," 10 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Do not crush, puncture or put a high degree of pressure on the battery, as this can cause an internal short circuit and result in overheating. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Rechargeable batteries in your favorite devices can ignite and burn down your house," 18 Nov. 2019 The box exploded, and shrapnel punctured a fuel tank on the plane’s left wing. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Untested pyrotechnic box faulted for Gilbert plane crash into home," 14 Nov. 2019 The dog was covered in wounds and puncture marks suggesting it had been involved in dog fighting, according to the report. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida woman’s attempt at saving dog dumped in river ends tragically: report," 12 Nov. 2019 The composite responds by spontaneously contracting when punctured. Michael Ford, The Conversation, "Soft robots of the future may depend on new materials that conduct electricity, sense damage and self-heal," 7 Nov. 2019 Numerous cuts and puncture marks were on the victim's legs, the report says, and a chunk of flesh was missing from her left upper ankle area. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "Woman found dead in home was likely killed by her own Great Danes, police say," 5 Nov. 2019 Court documents say that a doctor who treated the victim told police that the stab wound punctured the man's left abdomen and small intestine and that surgery was required to reconnect it. NBC News, "St. John's lacrosse captain charged with stabbing roommate," 24 Oct. 2019 But the sound of your skin being punctured might haunt you in your dreams. Jarrett Bellini, CNN, "Japan 2019: Watching the Rugby World Cup and getting a tattoo," 21 Oct. 2019 But the loss of Budapest is a major blow for him, puncturing his image as an invincible and almost unopposed leader for the past decade. The Economist, "Why Hungary’s ruling party lost Budapest," 19 Oct. 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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Time Traveler for puncture

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

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Last Updated

5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Puncture.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puncturing?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=punctu08. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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More Definitions for puncture

puncture

noun
How to pronounce puncture (audio)

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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