puncture

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈpʌŋktʃər/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈpʌŋktʃɚ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(pungkchər)

Inflections of 'puncture' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
punctures
v 3rd person singular
puncturing
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
punctured
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
punctured
v past pverb, 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]
  1. the act of piercing or making a hole in something, as with a pointed instrument or object.
  2. a hole or mark so made:punctures from the needle.

v. 
  1. to (cause to) be pierced;
    to (cause to) have a hole made in, as with a pointed instrument: [+ object]The tire was punctured by a nail.[no object]The tires punctured with a bang.
  2. to make (a hole) by piercing:[+ object]punctured holes in the top of the jar.
  3. to reduce or make less as if by piercing:[+ object]The failure punctured her pride.
  4. to cause to collapse or disintegrate:[+ object]to puncture a dream of success.
See -punct-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
punc•ture  (pungkchər),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -tured, -tur•ing. 
n. 
  1. the act of piercing or perforating, as with a pointed instrument or object.
  2. a hole or mark so made.
  3. Zoologya small pointlike depression.

v.t. 
  1. to pierce or perforate, as with a pointed instrument:to puncture leather with an awl.
  2. to make (a hole, perforation, etc.) by piercing or perforating:He punctured a row of holes in the cardboard.
  3. to make a puncture in:A piece of glass punctured the tire.
  4. to reduce or diminish as if by piercing;
    damage;
    wound:to puncture a person's pride.
  5. to cause to collapse or disintegrate;
    spoil;
    ruin:to puncture one's dream of success.

v.i. 
  1. to become punctured:These tires do not puncture easily.
punctur•a•ble, adj. 
puncture•less, adj. 
punctur•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.See corresponding entry in Unabridged break, rupture, perforation.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
puncture /ˈpʌŋktʃə/ n
  1. a small hole made by a sharp object
  2. a perforation and loss of pressure in a pneumatic tyre, made by sharp stones, glass, etc
  3. the act of puncturing or perforating
vb
  1. (transitive) to pierce (a hole) in (something) with a sharp object
  2. 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
  3. (transitive) to depreciate (a person's self-esteem, pomposity, etc)
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin punctūra, from pungere to prick
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