- the act of piercing or perforating, as with a pointed instrument or object.
- a hole or mark so made.
- Zoology. a small pointlike depression.
- 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.
- to become punctured: These tires do not puncture easily.
Origin of puncture
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Examples from the Web for puncture
She wants to puncture all of the caricatures that blunt the harsh reality of Eichmann.Nothing Was Banal About Eichmann’s Evil, Says a Scathing New Biography
October 11, 2014
So any response has to make him hurt, personally; it has to puncture his ego, his pride.Best Way to Punish Putin? No World Cup
July 20, 2014
Some of those pieces of metal also exited his body, bringing his puncture total to 20.David's Book Club: Storm of Steel
July 18, 2012
If your campaign is built on inevitability, a puncture can take you down.Romney Losing His Mojo After Caucus, Primary Losses to Santorum
February 9, 2012
By presenting us with a workable plan, the president will be able to puncture that fear.Overcoming the Fear Factor
March 21, 2010
Besides, one of her elbows was tryin' to puncture my right lung.Shorty McCabe
Afterwards, with a small soldering-iron he closed the puncture.The Minister of Evil
William Le Queux
They puncture them with their snouts and lay their eggs in the bolls.Agriculture for Beginners
Charles William Burkett
The probability of puncture or discomfort from the points is almost negligible.Anything You Can Do ...
Gordon Randall Garrett
He stripped one of my arms, and made a puncture in the median vein.Niels Klim's journey under the ground
Baron Ludvig Holberg
- 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
- (tr) 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
- (tr) to depreciate (a person's self-esteem, pomposity, etc)
Word Origin and History for puncture
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.
- To pierce with a pointed object, as with a needle.
- A hole or depression made by a sharp object.centesis