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Inflections of ' ' ( puncture ): ( v ⇒ conjugate) punctures v 3rd person singular puncturing v pres p verb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." punctured v past verb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." punctured v past p verb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 punc•ture /ˈpʌŋktʃɚ/
USA pronunciation n., v., -tured, -tur•ing. n.
[ countable ]
the act of piercing or making a hole in something, as with a pointed instrument or object.
a hole or mark so made: punctures from the needle. v.
to (cause to) be pierced; to (cause to) have a hole made in, as with a pointed instrument: The tire was punctured by a nail. [~ + object ] The tires punctured with a bang. [no object ]
to make (a hole) by piercing: punctured holes in the top of the jar. [~ + object ]
to reduce or make less as if by piercing: The failure punctured her pride. [~ + object ] to cause to collapse or disintegrate: to puncture a dream of success. [~ + object ] See
. -punct- WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020 punc•ture
(pungk ′chər), USA pronunciation n., v., -tured, -tur•ing. n.
the act of piercing or perforating, as with a pointed instrument or object.
a hole or mark so made.
Zoologya small pointlike depression. v.t.
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. v.i.
to become punctured: These tires do not puncture easily.
punc ′tur•a•ble, adj.
punc ′ture•less, adj.
punc ′tur•er, n.
Latin pūnctūra a pricking, equivalent. to pūnct( us) (past participle of pungere to pierce; see pungent), + -ūra - ure Middle English 1350–1400
2. break, rupture, perforation. See corresponding entry in Unabridged
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
puncture / ˈpʌŋktʃə/ n 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 vb ( transitive) 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 ( transitive) to depreciate (a person's self-esteem, pomposity, etc) Etymology: 14 th Century: from Latin punctūra, from pungere to prick
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