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

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)
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]

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Word Origin & History

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
It's punctured with nail holes, but nothing they can't fix.
Since the stomach cavity hasn't been punctured yet, they start with the eyes
  and work their way in and around from there.
There was little sign of the tribesmen arriving on the scene but the rebels'
  mood of optimism was quickly punctured.
But the belief that its financial system can handle huge saving flows
  indefinitely has been punctured.
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