v. punc·tured, punc·tur·ing, punc·tures
1. To pierce with a pointed object.
2. To make (a hole) by piercing.
3. To depreciate or deflate: cutting remarks that punctured my ego.
To be pierced or punctured: The tire punctured when it hit the curb.
1. The act or an instance of puncturing.
2. A hole or depression made by a sharp object, especially a hole in an automotive tire.
[From Middle English, a pricking, from Late Latin pūnctūra, from pūnctus, past participle of pungere, to prick; see peuk- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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