|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|
|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]|
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.