puncture


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Puncture \Punc"ture\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Punctured; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Puncturing.]
   To pierce with a small, pointed instrument, or the like; to
   prick; to make a puncture in; as, to puncture the skin.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Puncture \Punc"ture\, n. [L. punctura, fr. pungere, punctum, to
   prick. See Pungent.]
   1. The act of puncturing; perforating with something pointed.
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   2. A small hole made by a point; a slight wound, bite, or
      sting; as, the puncture of a nail, needle, or pin.
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            A lion may perish by the puncture of an asp.
                                                  --Rambler.
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