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Dictionary Definition



1 loss of air pressure in a tire when a hole is made by some sharp object
2 a small hole made by a sharp object
3 the act of puncturing or perforating


1 pierce with a pointed object; make a hole into; "puncture a tire"
2 make by piercing; "puncture a hole"
3 reduce or lessen the size or importance of; "The bad review of his work deflated his self-confidence" [syn: deflate]
4 cause to lose air pressure or collapse by piercing; "puncture an air balloon"
5 be pierced or punctured; "The tire punctured"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) /ˈpʌŋktʃə/
  • (US) /ˈpʌŋktʃɚ/
  • Hyphenation: punc·ture


  1. A hole, cut, or tear created by a sharp object.
    I got a puncture in my bicycle tire and had to walk home.
  2. A hole, cut, or tear in a vehicle's tire.
    • 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.




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

Extensive Definition

Puncture may mean:
  • A wound caused by such objects as nails or needles
  • Penetration or leakage of any other object, especially a pneumatic tire. In British English "puncture" is the usual term; in American English a leaking tire is called a "flat"
  • Puncture (band), an English punk band
  • Puncturing, in coding theory, is the process of removing some of the bits in a data stream
puncture in German: Punktion
puncture in Latin: punctio
puncture in Swedish: Punktering

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