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Definitions of puncture

  1. To make a hole in, or pierce, with a pointed instrument; to prick. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To prick: to pierce with a pointed instrument. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3. To prick; pierce. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. reduce or lessen the size or importance of; "The bad review of his work deflated his self-confidence" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. make by piercing; "puncture a hole" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. be pierced or punctured; "The tire punctured" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. cause to lose air pressure or collapse by piercing; "puncture an air balloon" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. pierce with a pointed object; make a hole into; "puncture a tire" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. To pierce with a small pointed instrument. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. a small hole made by a sharp object Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. loss of air pressure in a tire when a hole is made by some sharp object Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. A small hole made by a point; a slight wound, bite, or sting; as, the puncture of a nail, needle, or pin. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. To pierce with a small, pointed instrument, or the like; to prick; to make a puncture in; as, to puncture the skin. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. A small hole or wound made by a pointed instrument. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. A pricking: a small hole made with a sharp point. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. Small hold made with a point. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. A perforation made with a pointed instrument. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. A small round surface depression. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

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Usage examples for puncture

  1. They dip it into a mixture of candle- nut ashes and water, and, tapping it with a little mallet, it sinks into the skin; and in this way they puncture the whole surface over which the tattooing extends. – Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before by George Turner
  2. With the contrariness of as many mavericks, they preferred to puncture new holes in the immaculate linen, rather than enter the eyelets of the shirt- maker's provision. – Lonesome Town by Ethel and James Dorrance
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