[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. punctuationalism,
  2. punctulate,
  3. punctum,
  4. punctum cecum,
  5. punctum vasculosum,
  6. puncture vine,
  7. puncture weed,
  8. puncture wound,
  9. pundit,
  10. punditocracy

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 Formspuncturable, adjectivepuncturer, noun

Word Origin for puncture

C14: from Latin punctūra, from pungere to prick

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Word Origin and History for puncture
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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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