- the act or an instance of perforating or piercing
- a hole made by a sharp point, as in an automobile tire, the skin, etc.
Origin of punctureMiddle English ; from Classical Latin punctura, a pricking ; from Classical Latin pungere, to pierce: see point
- to perforate or pierce with a sharp point
- to reduce or put an end to, as if by a puncture: to puncture someone's pride
to be punctured
verbpunc·tured, punc·tur·ing, punc·tures
- To pierce with a pointed object.
- To make (a hole) by piercing.
- To depreciate or deflate: cutting remarks that punctured my ego.
To be pierced or punctured: The tire punctured when it hit the curb.
- The act or an instance of puncturing.
- A hole or depression made by a sharp object, especially a hole in an automotive tire.
Origin of punctureFrom Middle English, a pricking, from Late Latin p&umacron;nct&umacron;ra, from p&umacron;nctus, past participle of pungere, to prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.