- 1A small hole in a tire resulting in an escape of air: she was on her way home when she had a punctureMore example sentences
flat tire• informal flat
- But with technical problems which cars experience such as engines blowing off, gear boxes getting damaged or tyre punctures being part of this game, anything could happen.
- We've had a few punctures and a tyre shred plus chickens running out at us but otherwise we're doing ok.
- Even on such short trips car travel could be full of difficulties with punctures to tyres or the engine boiling going up hills.
- 1.1A 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 woundMore example sentences
- Connecting wires were fed under the skin of the forearm and out from a skin puncture and the wounds were sewn up.
- Apply a comfrey leaf ointment or compress to your cut, but do not use it on puncture wounds because the skin may heal faster than the tissue below.
- Hold the finger and hand firmly to immobilize the finger as some patients's response is to pull away as you perform the skin puncture.
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- 1Make a puncture in (something): one of the knife blows had punctured a lungMore example sentences
- She didn't seem the least bit winded, though Shannon felt as if a knife were stabbing into his lungs, trying to puncture his chest cavity so that all the air would escape and he would suffocate.
- The second bullet slammed right into his lung, easily puncturing the tissue and crushing his windpipe against the back of his neck.
- Scientists have recently ruled out the possibility that the stylets of certain mites are too short to puncture cells on the front surfaces of some ferns.
- 1.1 [no object] Sustain a puncture: the tire had punctured and it would have to be replacedMore example sentences
- Huge coal trucks have almost run Bonds's car off the road, and two local activists had their tires punctured when they went to file paperwork for a hearing.
- Lieutenant Barnes was forced back to base on one engine with countless holes in his ship and one tire punctured.
- Every time, a vehicle finds its tyre punctured in the middle of the road, the vendor control room of the area transmits signals to alert other vendors within a five kilometer radius.
- 2Cause a sudden collapse of (mood or feeling): the earlier mood of optimism was puncturedMore example sentences
- The company has punctured this fragile mood of optimism with a miscalculation of astonishing proportions.
- Worse still is the title track - eight-and-a-half minutes of tedium and cliché interrupted by bad Riverdance impressions which really puncture the dark mood the song is trying to conjure up.
- Sigmund Freud's theories have been punctured and pricked with doubt, but anyone who argues that he should be dropped from the canon of Western civilization needs therapy.
late Middle English: from Latin punctura, from punct- 'pricked', from the verb pungere. The verb dates from the late 17th century.