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[puhngk-cher] /ˈpʌŋk tʃər/
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
Related forms
puncturable, adjective
punctureless, adjective
puncturer, noun
nonpuncturable, adjective
unpunctured, adjective
2. break, rupture, perforation. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for punctured
  • 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.
  • Its biggest weakness is probably its tendency to become unstable if it is overheated, overcharged or punctured.
  • Anyone who has tried to replace a punctured tire or fix a leaky faucet knows the importance of having the right tool for the job.
  • Each door was punctured by a one-half-inch hole, through which a chimpanzee could catch glimpses of his neighbors.
  • One of the three skylights brightening the plywood vestibule of the half-buried research bunker had been punctured.
  • The insulation shall not be punctured for test purposes.
  • For safety reasons, fuel filters should not be crushed in oil filter crushers or punctured.
British Dictionary definitions for punctured


a small hole made by a sharp object
a perforation and loss of pressure in a pneumatic tyre, made by sharp stones, glass, etc
the act of puncturing or perforating
(transitive) to pierce (a hole) in (something) with a sharp object
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
(transitive) to depreciate (a person's self-esteem, pomposity, etc)
Derived Forms
puncturable, adjective
puncturer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin punctūra, from pungere to prick
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Word Origin and History for punctured



late 14c., from Late Latin punctura "a pricking," from Latin punctus, past participle of pungere "to prick, pierce" (see pungent).


1690s, from puncture (n.). Related: Punctured; puncturing.

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punctured in Medicine

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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