[ puhngk-cher ]
/ ˈpʌŋk tʃər /


verb (used with object), punc·tured, punc·tur·ing.

verb (used without object), punc·tured, punc·tur·ing.

to become punctured: These tires do not puncture easily.

Origin of puncture

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

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British Dictionary definitions for puncture


/ (ˈpʌŋktʃə) /


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)

Derived Forms

puncturable, adjectivepuncturer, noun

Word Origin for puncture

C14: from Latin punctūra, from pungere to prick
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Medicine definitions for puncture


[ pŭngkchər ]


To pierce with a pointed object, as with a needle.


A hole or depression made by a sharp object.centesis
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