1. [ verb ] pierce with a pointed object; make a hole into

"puncture a tire"

Related terms: pierce scarify scarify
2. [ noun ] a small hole made by a sharp object
Related terms: hole pinprick pinhole
3. [ verb ] be pierced or punctured

"The tire punctured"

Related terms: break
4. [ verb ] cause to lose air pressure or collapse by piercing

"puncture an air balloon"

Related terms: depressurize
5. [ verb ] reduce or lessen the size or importance of
Synonyms: deflate

"The bad review of his work deflated his self-confidence"

Related terms: deprecate deflator
6. [ noun ] loss of air pressure in a tire when a hole is made by some sharp object
Related terms: mishap
7. [ verb ] make by piercing

"puncture a hole"

Related terms: make
8. [ noun ] the act of puncturing or perforating
Synonyms: puncturing
Related terms: activity pricking perforation prick venipuncture centesis
Similar spelling:   punctured