puncture

[puhngk-cher]
noun
1.
the act of piercing or perforating, as with a pointed instrument or object.
2.
a hole or mark so made.
3.
Zoology. a small pointlike depression.
verb (used with object), punctured, puncturing.
4.
to pierce or perforate, as with a pointed instrument: to puncture leather with an awl.
5.
to make (a hole, perforation, etc.) by piercing or perforating: He punctured a row of holes in the cardboard.
6.
to make a puncture in: A piece of glass punctured the tire.
7.
to reduce or diminish as if by piercing; damage; wound: to puncture a person's pride.
8.
to cause to collapse or disintegrate; spoil; ruin: to puncture one's dream of success.
verb (used without object), punctured, puncturing.
9.
to become punctured: These tires do not puncture easily.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin pūnctūra a pricking, equivalent to pūnct(us) (past participle of pungere to pierce; see pungent), + -ūra -ure

puncturable, adjective
punctureless, adjective
puncturer, noun
nonpuncturable, adjective
unpunctured, adjective


2. break, rupture, perforation.
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puncture (ˈpʌŋktʃə)
 
n
1.  a small hole made by a sharp object
2.  a perforation and loss of pressure in a pneumatic tyre, made by sharp stones, glass, etc
3.  the act of puncturing or perforating
 
vb
4.  (tr) to pierce (a hole) in (something) with a sharp object
5.  to cause (something pressurized, esp a tyre) to lose pressure by piercing, or (of a tyre, etc) to be pierced and collapse in this way
6.  (tr) to depreciate (a person's self-esteem, pomposity, etc)
 
[C14: from Latin punctūra, from pungere to prick]
 
'puncturable
 
adj
 
'puncturer
 
n

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puncture
1392, from L.L. punctura "a pricking," from L. punctus, prop. pp. of pungere "to prick, pierce" (see pungent). The verb is from 1699.
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puncture punc·ture (pŭngk'chər)
v. punc·tured, punc·tur·ing, punc·tures
To pierce with a pointed object, as with a needle. n.
A hole or depression made by a sharp object. Also called centesis.

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Example sentences for +puncture
A needle was used to puncture a goiter, and the material issuing was characterized.
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