Definition of “puncture” - English Dictionary

“puncture” in British English

See all translations

puncturenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpʌŋk.tʃər/ us /ˈpʌŋk.tʃɚ/

punctureverb

uk /ˈpʌŋk.tʃər/ us /ˈpʌŋk.tʃɚ/

[ I or T ] to make a small hole in something, or to get a small hole in something:

She had used a screwdriver to puncture two holes in the lid of a paint tin.
The knife went through his ribs and punctured his lung.

[ T ] to suddenly make someone less confident or positive:

My positive mood was rather punctured by the news.

(Definition of “puncture” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“puncture” in American English

See all translations

puncturenoun [ C ]

us /ˈpʌŋk·tʃər/

a small hole made by a sharp object

(Definition of “puncture” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)