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puncture (make)

Definition:

to make by piercing

Class:

contact verb (touching, hitting, tying, digging, etc.)

Past tense:

punctured

Present participle:

puncturing

3rd-person singular present:

punctures

Type of:

make

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

puncture a hole

Etymology:

Late Latin punctura "a pricking", from Latin punctus, properly past participle...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of puncture...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

puncture | puncturable [adjective, derived]

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 ... (28 of 535 words, 6 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/puncture

Oxford Dictionary:

puncture

a small hole in a tyre resulting in an escape of air | a small hole in something such as the skin, caused by a sharp object | make a puncture in ... (30 of 141 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/puncture

Random House Dictionary:

puncture | punctured [past tense] | puncturing [present participle]

the act of piercing or perforating, as with a pointed instrument or object. | a hole or mark so made. | [zoology] a small pointlike depression. | to ... (25 of 126 words, 9 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/puncture

Merriam-Webster:

puncture [entry 1, noun] | perforation [synonym, sense-specific] | pinhole [synonym, sense-specific] | pinprick [synonym, sense-specific] | punch [synonym, sense-specific] | prick [synonym, sense-specific] | stab [synonym, sense-specific] | gouge [similar, sense-specific] | groove [similar, sense-specific] | ...

an act of puncturing | a hole, wound, or perforation made by puncturing | a minute depression (15 of 97 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/puncture

puncture [entry 2, verb] | punctured [past tense] | puncturing [present participle] | deflate [synonym, sense-specific] | bore [synonym, sense-specific] | drill [synonym, sense-specific] | hole [synonym, sense-specific] | pierce [synonym, sense-specific] | punch [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to pierce with or as if with a pointed instrument or object | to make useless or ineffective as if by a puncture; "deflate" | to become punctured (26 of 110 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Puncture [disambiguation]

may refer to: A wound caused by such objects as nails or needles | a flat tyre in British English (US English "flat tire" or just "flat") | Puncture (band), an English punk band | Puncturing, in coding theory, is the process of removing some of the... (44 of 108 words, 5 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Puncture

Macmillan British Dictionary:

puncture [verb] | punctured [past tense] | puncturing [present participle] | punctures [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive] to make a small hole in the surface of something such as a ... | [transitive] to cause a sudden change in the way that someone feels or ... (28 of 95 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/puncture 7

puncture [countable] | punctures [plural]

a small hole made by accident in a tyre | a small hole made with a sharp point, for example in a person's skin during an operation (26 of 60 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/puncture

American Heritage Dictionary:

puncture | punctured [past tense] | puncturing [present participle] | punctures [3rd-person singular present] | puncturable [adjective, related]

To pierce with a pointed object. | To make (a hole) by piercing. | To cause to collapse by piercing. | To depreciate or deflate | To be pierced or ... (26 of 93 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/puncture

New World Dictionary:

puncture | punctured [past tense] | puncturing [present participle] | puncturable [adjective, related]

the act or an instance of perforating or piercing | a hole made by a sharp point, as in an automobile tire, the skin, etc. | to perforate or pierce ... (28 of 73 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/puncture

Wiktionary:

puncture | punctures [plural] | punctured [past tense] | puncturing [present participle] | flat tyre [synonym, sense-specific] | (informal US) flat [synonym, sense-specific]

The act or an instance of puncturing. | A hole, cut, or tear created by a sharp object. | To pierce; to break through; to tear a hole. (26 of 67 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/puncture

Cambridge Dictionary:

puncture [entry 1]

a small hole made by a sharp object, especially in a tyre (12 of 52 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/puncture 1

puncture [entry 2]

to make a small hole in something, or to get a small hole in something | to suddenly make someone less confident or positive (23 of 64 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/puncture 2

Encarta Dictionary:

puncture | punctures [plural] | punctured [past tense] | puncturing [present participle]

a small hole or wound made by a sharp object | to sustain a small hole or wound in something such as a tire or the skin, or cause such a hole | to ... (32 of 103 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861735888​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

puncture

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Late Latin punctura "a pricking", from Latin punctus, properly past participle of pungere "to prick, pierce". The verb is from 1690s.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=puncture

American Heritage Dictionary:

puncture | punctured [past tense] | puncturing [present participle] | punctures [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: From Middle English, a pricking, from Late Latin pūnctūra, from pūnctus, past participle of pungere, to prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/puncture

Oxford Dictionary:

puncture

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin punctura, from punct- "pricked", from the verb pungere. The verb dates from the late 17th century

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/puncture

New World Dictionary:

puncture | punctured [past tense] | puncturing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English from Latin punctura, a pricking from Latin pungere, to pierce: see "point"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/puncture

Collins Dictionary:

puncture

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Latin punctūra, from pungere to prick

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/puncture

Merriam-Webster:

puncture [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin punctura, from punctus, past participle of pungere

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/puncture

Encarta Dictionary:

puncture | punctures [plural] | punctured [past tense] | puncturing [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin punctura from punct-, past participle of pungere "prick, sting"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861735888​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

puncture | punctures [plural] | punctured [past tense] | puncturing [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "puncture"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/puncture

Collins Dictionary:

puncture

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "puncture"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/puncture

Macmillan British Dictionary:

puncture [verb] | punctured [past tense] | puncturing [present participle] | punctures [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "puncture"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/puncture 7

puncture [countable] | punctures [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "puncture"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/puncture

Macmillan American Dictionary:

puncture [verb] | punctured [past tense] | puncturing [present participle] | punctures [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "puncture"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/puncture 6

puncture [countable] | punctures [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "puncture"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/puncture

Cambridge Dictionary:

puncture [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "puncture"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "puncture"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/puncture 2

the Free Dictionary:

puncture

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "puncture"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "puncture"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "puncture" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/puncture

Google Dictionary:

puncture | punctures [plural] | punctured [past tense] | puncturing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "puncture"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

puncture

Audio: North American pronunciation of "puncture"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=punctu​07 word=puncture

YourDictionary Audio:

puncture

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "puncture" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/puncture

freedictionary.org:

puncture

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "puncture" by speech synthesizer

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