from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To pierce with a pointed object.
  • intransitive verb To make (a hole) by piercing.
  • intransitive verb To depreciate or deflate.
  • intransitive verb To be pierced or punctured.
  • noun The act or an instance of puncturing.
  • noun A hole or depression made by a sharp object, especially a hole in an automotive tire.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To prick; pierce with a sharp point of any kind: as, to puncture the skin.
  • noun The act of perforating or pricking with a pointed instrument, or a small hole made by it; a small wound, as one made by a needle, prickle, or sting: as, the puncture of a lancet, nail, or pin.
  • noun In zoology, a depressed point or dot, as if punctured; a small depression, as if pricked into a surface; a punctum. See cut under Coscinoptera.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of puncturing; perforating with something pointed.
  • noun A small hole made by a point; a slight wound, bite, or sting.
  • transitive verb To pierce with a small, pointed instrument, or the like; to prick; to make a puncture in.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act or an instance of puncturing.
  • noun A hole, cut, or tear created by a sharp object.
  • verb To pierce; to break through; to tear a hole.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make by piercing
  • noun loss of air pressure in a tire when a hole is made by some sharp object
  • verb cause to lose air pressure or collapse by piercing
  • noun a small hole made by a sharp object
  • verb reduce or lessen the size or importance of
  • noun the act of puncturing or perforating
  • verb be pierced or punctured
  • verb pierce with a pointed object; make a hole into


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Middle English, a pricking, from Late Latin pūnctūra, from pūnctus, past participle of pungere, to prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.]


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