puncture

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v puncture be pierced or punctured "The tire punctured"
    • v puncture cause to lose air pressure or collapse by piercing "puncture an air balloon"
    • v puncture reduce or lessen the size or importance of "The bad review of his work deflated his self-confidence"
    • v puncture pierce with a pointed object; make a hole into "puncture a tire"
    • v puncture make by piercing "puncture a hole"
    • n puncture the act of puncturing or perforating
    • n puncture a small hole made by a sharp object
    • n puncture loss of air pressure in a tire when a hole is made by some sharp object
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "Daddy long legs" spider has venom to be used as a defensive mechanism. Don't worry though, because it cannot puncture human skin, and even if it did, it would probably only cause a allergic reaction
    • Puncture 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 The act of puncturing; perforating with something pointed.
    • v. t Puncture To pierce with a small, pointed instrument, or the like; to prick; to make a puncture in; as, to puncture the skin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n puncture The act of perforating or pricking with a pointed instrument, or a small hole made by it; a small wound, as one made by a needle, prickle, or sting: as, the puncture of a lancet, nail, or pin.
    • n puncture In zoology, a depressed point or dot, as if punctured; a small depression, as if pricked into a surface; a punctum. See cut under Coscinoptera.
    • puncture To prick; pierce with a sharp point of any kind: as, to puncture the skin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Puncture pungk′tūr a pricking: a small hole made with a sharp point
    • v.t Puncture to prick: to pierce with a pointed instrument
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Quotations

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    “Self-love is a balloon filled with wind, from which storms burst forth when one makes a puncture in it.”
  • Virginia Woolf
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    “Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it. It is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. punctura, fr. pungere, punctum, to prick. See Pungent

Usage

In literature:

I thought maybe they'd punctured my tire out there.
"Tom Slade Motorcycle Dispatch Bearer" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
If the blood is dark blue and the stream is continuous, a vein has been punctured which, in itself, is not ordinarily dangerous.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
They had minor happenings and adventures, but nothing of moment, if we except a few punctures and a blowout.
"The Outdoor Girls in a Motor Car" by Laura Lee Hope
Instances are on record of women who have punctured the walls of the womb by the use of hatpins or other sharp instruments.
"Herself" by E. B. Lowry
Didn't I pay twenty-two dollars for a taxicab that got three punctures all at once thirty miles from the city?
"More Tish" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
In bad cases, the paunch should be at once punctured.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
Ours, worse luck, always had a puncture somewhere in its internal economy.
"With Our Army in Palestine" by Antony Bluett
By the time the puncture was repaired and they were again on their way, it was half-past seven and all hope of a timely arrival was abandoned.
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice
The boys inspected the split poles and the canvas, which had been punctured in several places, and then tried the engine once more.
"The Rover Boys in the Air" by Edward Stratemeyer
The surface of the skin is punctured with millions of little holes called pores.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
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In poetry:

The Dragon's breath sizzled he'd put out the fire,
Our family are all clever fellows!
Then so as that owd Dragon can't blow up more fire,
With his big spear he punctures his bellows.
"St. George and the Dragon" by Weston and Lee
"See his torn flesh through those rents; * see the punctures round
his hair,
As if the chaplet-flowers had driven * deep roots in to nourish
there -
Lord, who gav'st him robe and wreath, * WHAT was this Thou gav'st
for wear?"
"A Judgment In Heaven" by Francis Thompson
Annie MacDougall went to milk, caught her foot in the heather,
Woke to hear a dance record playing of Old Vienna.
It's no go your maidenheads, it's no go your culture,
All we want is a Dunlop tire and the devil mend the puncture.
"Bagpipe Music" by Louis MacNeice

In news:

A utility worker who punctured a natural gas line caused an explosion in a Massachusetts city last week that injured 18 people, a city hall spokesman said on Sunday.
Gas co mpany worker punctured pipe that led to Mass.
A natural gas explosion that injured 18 people and damaged 42 buildings in Springfield's entertainment district was blamed Sunday on a utility worker who accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak.
A utility worker responding to reports of a gas leak in western Massachusetts punctured a pipe that led to a massive explosion that injured 18 people and damaged more than 40 buildings, the state fire marshal announced Sunday.
A utility worker accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak, causing the explosion that injured 18 people and damaged 42 buildings, the state fire marshal reports.
InSeal Medical Announces Patients Successfully Treated with Novel Intravascular Large Bore Puncture Closure Device.
InSeal Medical Announces Patients Successfully Treated with Novel Intravascular Large Bore Puncture Closure Device.
Enlarge Rosemary Parker rparker3@mlive.com Puncture wounds on the letter carrier 's arm.
Enlarge Rosemary Parker rparker3@mlive.com Puncture wounds on the letter carrier's arm.
Defending world rally champion Sebastien Loeb of France has won the Acropolis Rally on Sunday despite a punctured tire in the third of the final day's stages.
This slide show depicts an emergency airway puncture .
They later learned that the arrow had punctured the gator 's lung.
The supporting evidence for that theory is the puncture wounds on the fish the golf course staff reported.
One of the dogs bit him, puncturing his skin.
At the very tip of Steel Pier sits an impossibly tiny Robinson R44 Clipper, which will take you on a wobbly tour of Atlantic City's generally unexciting gray-water shoreline and casino-punctured sky.
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In science:

To introduce the coordinates let us shrink the boundary components without marked points into punctures, and take a triangulation T of S with vertices at the distinguished points on the boundary and at the shred boundary components.
Moduli spaces of convex projective structures on surfaces
Recall (Section 2 of ) that a framed G-local system on bS is a pair (L, β ) consisting of a G-local system on S and a flat section β of the restriction of LB to the punctured boundary ∂ bS .
Moduli spaces of convex projective structures on surfaces
Let us shrink all holes on S without distinguished points to punctures.
Moduli spaces of convex projective structures on surfaces
An ideal triangulation T of bS is a triangulation of S with vertices either at punctures or at the boundary components, so that each connected component of ∂ bS hosts exactly one vertex of the triangulation.
Moduli spaces of convex projective structures on surfaces
The quantum P GL3-Teichm¨uller space for a punctured surface.
Moduli spaces of convex projective structures on surfaces
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