|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"
|4.||[ verb ] cause to lose air pressure or collapse by piercing|
"puncture an air balloon"
|5.||[ verb ] reduce or lessen the size or importance of|
"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|
|7.||[ verb ] make by piercing|
"puncture a hole"
|8.||[ noun ] the act of puncturing or perforating|
|Related terms:||activity pricking perforation prick venipuncture centesis|