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Puncture (plural Punctures)
  1. A hole, cut, or tear created by a sharp object.
    I got a puncture in my bicycle tire and had to walk home.
    • 2001, Ken Follett, Jackdaws, Dutton, ISBN 0525946284, page 340,
      Dieter's car had suffered a puncture on the RN3 road between Paris and Meaux. A bent nail was stuck in the tire.


Derived terms


Puncture (third-person singular simple present punctures, present participle puncturing, simple past and past participle punctured)

  1. To pierce; to break through; to tear a hole.
    The needle punctured the balloon instantly.

Derived terms


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  • (RP) IPA: /ˈpʌŋktʃə/
  • (US) IPA: /ˈpʌŋktʃɚ/
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  • Hyphenation: punc‧ture







  1. vocative masculine singular of punctūrus