—n. 1. the act of piercing or perforating, as with a pointed instrument or object.
2. a hole or mark so made.
3. Zool.a small pointlike depression.
—v.t. 1. to pierce or perforate, as with a pointed instrument: to puncture leather with an awl. 2. to make (a hole, perforation, etc.) by piercing or perforating: He punctured a row of holes in the cardboard. 3. to make a puncture in: A piece of glass punctured the tire. 4. to reduce or diminish as if by piercing; damage; wound: to puncture a person's pride. 5. to cause to collapse or disintegrate; spoil; ruin: to puncture one's dream of success.
—v.i. to become punctured: These tires do not puncture easily.