1. loss of air pressure in a tire when a hole is made by some sharp object;
2. a small hole made by a sharp object;
3. the act of puncturing or perforating;
1. pierce with a pointed object; make a hole into;
- Example: "puncture a tire"
2. make by piercing;
- Example: "puncture a hole"
3. reduce or lessen the size or importance of;
- Example: "The bad review of his work deflated his self-confidence"
[syn: deflate, puncture]
4. cause to lose air pressure or collapse by piercing;
- Example: "puncture an air balloon"
5. be pierced or punctured;
- Example: "The tire punctured"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Puncture \Punc"ture\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Punctured; p. pr. & vb. n. Puncturing.] To pierce with a small, pointed instrument, or the like; to prick; to make a puncture in; as, to puncture the skin. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Puncture \Punc"ture\, n. [L. punctura, fr. pungere, punctum, to prick. See Pungent.] 1. The act of puncturing; perforating with something pointed. [1913 Webster] 2. A small hole made by a point; a slight wound, bite, or sting; as, the puncture of a nail, needle, or pin. [1913 Webster] A lion may perish by the puncture of an asp. --Rambler. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
puncture n 1: loss of air pressure in a tire when a hole is made by some sharp object 2: a small hole made by a sharp object 3: the act of puncturing or perforating v 1: pierce with a pointed object; make a hole into; "puncture a tire" 2: make by piercing; "puncture a hole" 3: reduce or lessen the size or importance of; "The bad review of his work deflated his self-confidence" [syn: deflate, puncture] 4: cause to lose air pressure or collapse by piercing; "puncture an air balloon" 5: be pierced or punctured; "The tire punctured"Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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