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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
puncture a tyre
▪ The tyre had punctured and had to be replaced.
▪ I could hear the hissing sound of air escaping from the puncture.
▪ The tyre's gone flat again -- I think we've got a slow puncture.
▪ Biasion's puncture cost him two minutes and he ended the day two minutes and six seconds behind Fiorio.
▪ Blood was obtained by direct cardiac puncture for cholecystokinin assay.
▪ Deep puncture wounds or animal bites anywhere.
▪ He knew how to change the washer on a tap, and make pastry, and mend a bicycle puncture.
▪ I could see from the four small puncture marks on Fenella's wrist that she had tried to stroke him during lunch.
▪ Serial lumbar punctures and steroids are frequently used to reduce the intracranial pressure.
▪ The puncture let air rush in and out, spoiling nature's enclosed vacuum system.
▪ Gonick's books puncture the myths about American history.
▪ The doctor was worried that the broken rib might puncture the woman's lung.
▪ Workers accidentally punctured a natural gas main.
▪ Endoscopic removal should not be attempted as the risk of inadvertently puncturing a package is high.
▪ If you say he's a Leo, you really want to try and puncture his dignity a bit.
▪ Sitting Bull, punctured so often in the past, was hit seven times.
▪ Take care not to puncture the uterine wall.
▪ Their throats had been punctured and their blood drained.
▪ Who will be brave enough to puncture the Reaganite dream, while blocking the Buchanan nightmare?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Puncture \Punc"ture\, n. [L. punctura, fr. pungere, punctum, to prick. See Pungent.]

  1. The act of puncturing; perforating with something pointed.

  2. A small hole made by a point; a slight wound, bite, or sting; as, the puncture of a nail, needle, or pin.

    A lion may perish by the puncture of an asp.


Puncture \Punc"ture\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Punctured; p. pr. & vb. n. Puncturing.] To pierce with a small, pointed instrument, or the like; to prick; to make a puncture in; as, to puncture the skin.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Late Latin punctura "a pricking," from Latin punctus, past participle of pungere "to prick, pierce" (see pungent).


1690s, from puncture (n.). Related: Punctured; puncturing.


n. 1 The act or an instance of puncturing. 2 A hole, cut, or tear created by a sharp object. vb. To pierce; to break through; to tear a hole.

  1. n. loss of air pressure in a tire when a hole is made by some sharp object

  2. a small hole made by a sharp object

  3. the act of puncturing or perforating

  4. v. pierce with a pointed object; make a hole into; "puncture a tire"

  5. make by piercing; "puncture a hole"

  6. reduce or lessen the size or importance of; "The bad review of his work deflated his self-confidence" [syn: deflate]

  7. cause to lose air pressure or collapse by piercing; "puncture an air balloon"

  8. be pierced or punctured; "The tire punctured"


Puncture may refer to:

  • A wound caused by such objects as nails or needles
  • a Bibek sigdel in British English (US English "flat tire" or just "flat")
  • Puncture (band), an English punk band
  • Puncturing, in coding theory, is the process of removing some of the bits in a data stream
  • Puncture (film), a 2011 American film starring Chris Evans

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Puncture (film)

Puncture (released under the title Injustice in the United Kingdom) is an independent feature film starring Chris Evans, directed by Adam Kassen and Mark Kassen. The movie is based on the true story of Michael David 'Mike' Weiss and Paul Danziger. It was chosen as one of the spotlight films for the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, premiering on April 21, 2011 in New York City.

Puncture (band)

Puncture was an early English punk rock group. Founded in the summer of 1976, this Islington, London based, four-piece combo consisted of Paul McCallum (guitar/vocals), Steve Counsel (bass/vocals), Jak Stafford (guitar/vocals) and "The Fabulous" Marty Truss (drums). Their influences ranged from early The Who, The Kinks, Small Faces, through to Roxy Music, David Bowie, blues, rhythm and blues, and The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

Their first major gig was in November 1976, at Fulham Town Hall in London a week after an early gig by The Clash. Various personnel changes ensued, with Jak Stafford leaving to join prominent punk band X-Ray Spex, as Jak Airport. A brief tenure with guitarist Eric Electroid (aka Kenny) saw them move on to pastures new, with the recruitment of band member Anthony Keen on synthesizer and keyboards.

In October 1977 they released the single "Mucky Pup" / "Can't Rock N Roll (in a Council Flat)", the first release (Small One) for the Small Wonder Records label, based in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London. 2,000 copies of the single sold out, prompting Small Wonder Records to press another 1,000 singles. "Mucky Pup" gained lots of airplay at various punk gigs throughout 1977, and the B-side, "Can't Rock N Roll (In A Council Flat)" was played on the BBC Radio 1 John Peel Show. They continued to play various gigs around London, notably at the punk club The Roxy in Covent Garden, supporting The Wasps and The Man In The Moon in Kings Road, Chelsea, supporting The Fruit Eating Bears. They continued gigging until January 1978, culminating in their farewell gig on 20 January 1978 at the Basement Club in Covent Garden, London.

In the 1980s, The Exploited covered Puncture's song "Mucky Pup" on their album Punks Not Dead.

Like so many other English punk singles of the time, original copies of the Puncture single now sell for up to £30.

"Mucky Pup" is available on the Small Wonder Vol. 1: Punk Singles Collection and on PUNK 45 Vol. 2. "Can't Rock N Roll (In A Council Flat)" is on Small Wonder Vol.2: Punk Singles Collection compilation albums.

Usage examples of "puncture".

Probably these later types also depended heavily on shellfish for food: broken and punctured ammonite shells have been found in eastern marine beds also.

After some tugging, he extracted a curved grey ancipital horn, which had punctured the spleen and sunk deep into the body.

Then the liquid reactor coolant sprayed and flooded the compartment as the number-two reactor vessel flew off its foundation and careened to the aft bulkhead, where it punctured the titanium wall.

We still were fighting furiously as we talked in broken sentences, punctured with vicious cuts and thrusts at our swarming enemy.

There were so many chambers and compartments in the heptagon that it had of course been impossible to puncture them all, and in some of the tight rooms were groups of hexans, anxious to do battle.

He was so close that Danlo could see each of the large pores puncturing his cheeks and smell the metallic acridness of jook wafting off his breath.

In another case, a young American airman was injured in a mock duel with another serviceman, when a miniature fencing foil was plunged into his right nostril, puncturing a small part of the limbic system immediately above.

I ran through a gauntlet of tests--magnetic resonance imaging, more X rays, many electroencephalographs, at least a dozen more visits to the cubicles where my eyes were examined through ophthalmoscopes, and twice that number of needles puncturing my arms to draw off blood for laboratory examination.

It was also quickly ascertained that the head puncture went right through the osseous part of the cranium, but did no damage of any kind.

James Molony picked up the piercer the head waiter had left on the table and punctured the tip of his cigar with precision.

The splintering bone had punctured her lung, the resulting pneumothorax collapsing almost two-thirds of that lung.

A panther-head came next, and I made a puncture in his low forehead with my poignard that emerged from the back of his head.

What coughing and gagging, what outrageous retching and hawking, what bursts and punctures of steam and gas, what eructations, what disgorgementsand the leaping plumes and flashes and pulsing brain-scans the flames made, until they relaxed and quieted, and began to breathe again.

Blein said that the siker barbs that had punctured her face had missed the eye pouch, and that the woman had the use of the sight in that eye.

The drive will puncture the vast underground reservoir and the water will run back and flood the entire Sonder Ditch workings.