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  • noun
    plural -tures
    [count] a hole or wound made by a sharp point
    a slight puncture of the skin
    a small hole in a tire that causes it to lose air
    I got/had a puncture [=(USflatflat tireon the way to the airport.
    -tures; -tured; -turing
    to make a hole in (something) with a sharp point [+ obj]
    Worn tires puncture easily.
    [+ obj] :to weaken, damage, or destroy (something, such as an argument or a person's feelings, pride, etc.) suddenly or in a way that causes surprise or embarrassment
    puncture an argument
    [+ obj] of a sound :to interrupt (silence) in a sudden and unexpected way