puncture [puŋk′chər]
[ME < L punctura, a pricking < L pungere, to pierce: see POINT]
1. the act or an instance of perforating or piercing
2. a hole made by a sharp point, as in an automobile tire, the skin, etc.
punctured, puncturing
1. to perforate or pierce with a sharp point
2. to reduce or put an end to, as if by a puncture [to puncture one's pride]
to be punctured

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