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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This resulted in numerous puncture wounds and incisions in James’s and Hamm’s skin, delaying the former’s execution for hours and halting the latter’s altogether. Dana G. Smith, Scientific American, 23 Sep. 2022 The 75-year-old author suffered three stab wounds to his neck, four stab wounds to his stomach, puncture wounds to his right eye and chest, and a laceration on his right thigh, Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt said last weekend. Nicki Brown And Jason Hanna, CNN, 18 Aug. 2022 The Belgian Malinois suffered two fractures, which affected her vision, and several puncture wounds after fighting with the mountain lion, according to a GoFundMe organized by her owner, Erin Wilson. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 June 2022 The woman sustained puncture wounds and other injuries and was taken to a hospital in Idaho, the service said. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 1 June 2022 The person walking the dog also was injured, suffering a puncture wound to his hand. Hank Beckman, Chicago Tribune, 5 Sep. 2022 It’s made of a durable thermoplastic material that’s PVC- and phthalate-free, as well as abrasion- and puncture-resistant. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 23 Aug. 2022 Those riding a lot might need to consider a puncture-resistant tire to avoid flats. Olivia Lipski, Good Housekeeping, 15 June 2022 The mountain bike has puncture-resistant tires and has a multi-color LCD lighting display. cleveland, 16 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The potential for another oil shock to puncture the global economy has driven the administration's attempts to persuade government and business leaders around the world to sign on to a global price cap on Russian oil. Arkansas Online, 10 July 2022 As a result, Beijing finds itself in an awkward spot, as the report threatens to puncture the party line. Dake Kang, ajc, 2 Sep. 2022 The fangs still puncture him, and the digestive process begins; by the time their second date is through, the female has finished the job. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 20 July 2022 This should puncture complacency about tech dominance. WSJ, 24 July 2022 Then puncture the wrap so gnats can fly in and get trapped. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 19 July 2022 Left untouched, a single corroding ulcer will puncture tanks, seize a motor, even collapse a hull. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 More often than not, their primary purpose is to elicit emotion—to puncture the illusion of the unflappable, stoic athlete. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 6 July 2022 Speakers tried to puncture the theory, held by a minority of bishops, that abuse was just a Western problem. Alain Uaykani, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 See More

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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 1 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for puncture

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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