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

  • transitive v. To pierce with a pointed object.
  • transitive v. To make (a hole) by piercing.
  • transitive v. To cause to collapse by piercing.
  • transitive v. To depreciate or deflate: cutting remarks that punctured my ego.
  • intransitive v. To be pierced or punctured.
  • n. The act or an instance of puncturing.
  • n. A hole or depression made by a sharp object, especially a hole in an automotive tire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • To prick; pierce with a sharp point of any kind: as, to puncture the skin.

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

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

Etymologies

From Middle English, a pricking, from Late Latin pūnctūra, from pūnctus, past participle of pungere, to prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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