Definitions of puncture

  1. reduce or lessen the size or importance of; " The bad review of his work deflated his self- confidence"
  2. make by piercing; " puncture a hole"
  3. the act of puncturing or perforating
  4. a small hole made by a sharp object
  5. loss of air pressure in a tire when a hole is made by some sharp object
  6. be pierced or punctured; " The tire punctured"
  7. cause to lose air pressure or collapse by piercing; " puncture an air balloon"
  8. pierce with a pointed object; make a hole into; " puncture a tire"
  9. To pierce.
  10. The act of puncturing; perforating with something pointed.
  11. A small hole made by a point; a slight wound, bite, or sting; as, the puncture of a nail, needle, or pin.
  12. To pierce with a small, pointed instrument, or the like; to prick; to make a puncture in; as, to puncture the skin.
  13. Incision of tissues for injection of medication or for other diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. Punctures of the skin, for example may be used for diagnostic drainage; of blood vessels for diagnostic imaging procedures.
  14. A small hole or wound made by a pointed instrument.
  15. To make a hole in, or pierce, with a pointed instrument; to prick.
  16. 1. To make a hole with a small pointed object, such as a needle. 2. A prick or small hole made with a pointed instrument.
  17. Small incision, as with a lancet.
  18. A pricking: a small hole made with a sharp point.
  19. To prick: to pierce with a pointed instrument.
  20. Small hold made with a point.
  21. To prick; pierce.
  22. A small hole made by piercing.
  23. A perforation made with a pointed instrument.
  24. To pierce with a small pointed instrument.
  25. A small round surface depression.

Usage examples for puncture

  1. I also told her that curari may, except in very large doses, be swallowed with impunity, but if introduced into a puncture of the skin, so as to mix with the blood, the effect is instantly fatal, and leaves no trace of poison behind it. – The Lost Despatch by Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  2. If their field of destruction could be made wide enough, we might in that manner clear away the entire covering of smoke, but all that we shall really be able to do will be to puncture it with holes, which will, perhaps, enable us to catch glimpses of the surface beneath. – Edison's Conquest of Mars by Garrett Putman Serviss
  3. I reckon I'll have to make the best of the place I'm in, but for a man of puncture as the feller said, like I used to think I was, I sure did miscombobble it when I married that educated squaw. – The Flockmaster of Poison Creek by George W. Ogden
  4. It occurs in the region of the chest and shoulders from penetrating wounds of the chest and lung, and occasionally follows puncture of the rumen when the escaping gas is retained under the skin. – Special Report on Diseases of Cattle by U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler
  5. And yet I aimed better than I knew, for, with a loud report, one of the great blisters upon the creature's back exploded with the puncture of the buck- shot. – Danger! and Other Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. That spare is soft, too, and half worn through; I'll bet we get more than one puncture before the job's done. – Man to Man by Jackson Gregory
  7. In a roundabout way The Phantom's mind went back to the scene in the Thelma Theater as it had been pictured in the newspapers, and with an inward start he remembered that just such a puncture had been found on the right arm of Virginia Darrow. –  by
  8. Now for this horrid puncture – The Quest of the Golden Girl by Richard le Gallienne
  9. The new passage may in every respect be as efficient as one formed by puncture or incision in any other way. – Surgical Anatomy by Joseph Maclise
  10. With the contrariness of as many mavericks, they preferred to puncture new holes in the immaculate linen, rather than enter the eyelets of the shirt- maker's provision. – Lonesome Town by Ethel and James Dorrance
  11. She must have had a puncture Winny said. –  by
  12. She knows me already, and I'm getting so I can pick her up without feeling that I'm going to puncture her. – Rainbow's End by Rex Beach
  13. One puncture proof, rubber ox and a bushel of sweet- potatoes for four hundred men! – Rainbow's End by Rex Beach
  14. If they would only take a bunch and eat it up clean, one would readily share with them, for there would be enough for all; but the dainty little epicures puncture an indefinite number of berries, merely taking a sip from each. – The Home Acre by E. P. Roe
  15. She caught at the arm pointed towards her in wrath and menace, and there, amidst those letters that proclaimed her son, was the small puncture surrounded by a livid circle, that announced her victim. – Lucretia, Volume 6. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  16. As it was, he had suffered a delay of five minutes; and just as he was congratulating himself on the goodness of his tires, which had made him no trouble for many weeks, a loud report as of a pistol shot gave warning of a puncture – The Princess Virginia by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  17. They dip it into a mixture of candle- nut ashes and water, and, tapping it with a little mallet, it sinks into the skin; and in this way they puncture the whole surface over which the tattooing extends. – Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before by George Turner
  18. But there was a puncture in the magnificent lungs, such a little thing to change all one's life; and at first he rebelled with a giant's strength. – In Wild Rose Time by Amanda M. Douglas
  19. In comparison with this puncture of the sole is rare. – Diseases of the Horse's Foot by Harry Caulton Reeks