- 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
transitive verb-·tured, -·tur·ing
- 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 pūnctūra from pūnctus past participle of pungere to prick ; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.