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puncture (n.)

late 14c., "small perforation or wound" made by or as if by a pointed instrument, from Late Latin punctura "a pricking," from Latin punctus, past participle of pungere "to prick, pierce" (from suffixed form of PIE root *peuk- "to prick"). The sense of "act of perforating or piercing" is from mid-15c.

puncture (v.)

"to pierce with a sharp point of any kind," 1690s, from puncture (n.). Related: Punctured; puncturing.

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Definitions of puncture from WordNet
1
puncture (v.)
pierce with a pointed object; make a hole into;
puncture a tire
puncture (v.)
make by piercing;
puncture a hole
puncture (v.)
reduce or lessen the size or importance of;
Synonyms: deflate
puncture (v.)
cause to lose air pressure or collapse by piercing;
puncture an air balloon
puncture (v.)
be pierced or punctured;
The tire punctured
2
puncture (n.)
loss of air pressure in a tire when a hole is made by some sharp object;
puncture (n.)
a small hole made by a sharp object;
puncture (n.)
the act of puncturing or perforating;
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