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

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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 On the way back to her car, Marciano cried as blood poured from a puncture wound in the middle of her palm. Victoria Villanueva-marquez, USA TODAY, 21 Sep. 2021 The next day, Peters noticed the area around the puncture wound had grown into a red area about four inches wide and sought treatment at a nearby hospital. Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2021 Luckily, Spasojevic did not suffer serious injuries, though the bite did leave 10 puncture wounds in his leg. Katie Campione, PEOPLE.com, 29 June 2021 The attack had left 10 puncture wounds in his leg from the shark's teeth. NBC News, 28 June 2021 His daughter had multiple puncture wounds to her neck, arms and upper body and was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to the complaint. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Apr. 2021 Another skeleton exhibited a puncture wound in a vertebra, indicating the individual had been stabbed in the back. Bridget Alex, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Aug. 2021 However, a latex mountain bike tube is almost impossible to repair, so in the event of a puncture changing it is the only option. Bob Beacham, chicagotribune.com, 1 Apr. 2021 First lady Jill Biden underwent a medical procedure Thursday to flush out debris from a puncture wound on her left foot, her spokesperson said. Star Tribune, 29 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When the pair meet during congressional hearings, there are almost always fireworks as Paul, an ultra-conservative libertarian, seeks to puncture the aura of expertise that surrounds Fauci. Stephen Collinson And Shelby Rose, CNN, 20 July 2021 If included in the final report, that finding would puncture unsubstantiated claims made by Trump and his allies that vote tabulating machines had miscounted paper ballots or been hacked to flip thousands of Trump votes to Biden. Rosalind S. Helderman, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Sep. 2021 Trinity’s Gordon, who is currently committed to Oklahoma State, was finally able to puncture the suffocating Westlake defense with a 40-yard score, late in the third quarter. Dallas News, 4 Sep. 2021 Agents pursued the vehicle and deployed a spike strip on the road in an effort to puncture the tires and stop the vehicle. Andrea Lopez-villafaña, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Aug. 2021 The calls of resplendent quetzal birds puncture the hazy fog in northern Costa Rica's lush Monteverde Cloud Forest, where the treetops seem to scrape the heavens. Megan Zhang, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 July 2021 Screens of timber stand alongside Mondrian-like grids of concrete, while irregular windows puncture surfaces of plain white plaster. New York Times, 2 Aug. 2021 Above-anvil cirrus plumes form when especially intense updrafts puncture the tropopause and airflow draws cirrus cloud tops into the stratosphere. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 7 July 2021 Passengers handed over their pens, pocketknives, reading glasses, dentures, belts, and anything else that might injure them on impact, or puncture their life jackets or rafts. Eric Lindner, Popular Mechanics, 22 July 2021

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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 18 Oct. 2021.

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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
: 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 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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