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a small hole in a tire resulting in an escape of air:she was on her way home when she had a puncture a small hole in something such as the skin, caused by a sharp object:surgeons operate through small punctures in the skin [as modifier]:a puncture wound
verb [with object]
1make a puncture in (something):one of the knife blows had punctured a lung [no object] sustain a puncture:the tire had punctured and it would have to be replaced 2cause a sudden collapse of (mood or feeling):the earlier mood of optimism was punctured
with a c
in the middle.