Definition of puncture noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋktʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃər//
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  1. 1(British English) a small hole in a tyre made by a sharp point I had a puncture on the way and arrived late. The tyre had a slow puncture and had to be pumped up every day. see also flat
  2. 2a small hole, especially in the skin, made by a sharp point There were four small puncture marks on her wrist where the cat had bitten her. Puncture wounds carry a serious risk of infection.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin punctura, from punct- ‘pricked’, from the verb pungere. The verb dates from the late 17th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: puncture