, punctures; punctured; puncturing
1. To tear a hole in something; to pierce; to break through: When the nail punctured
the balloon, it made a very loud popping sound!
Evidently a sharp object had punctured the car's tire, so Mike had to have it repaired before continuing his journey.
2. To cut short, to put an end to: After hearing the sad news about her friend, Amy's good humor and happiness were totally punctured
pundigrion (s) (noun)
, pundigrions (pl)
A very rare term for a pun; a play on words: Virginia found out that pundigrion, an obsolete word in current times, was last used about 200 years ago and died out when the term pun took over.
pundonor (s) (noun)
, pundonors (pl)
A point of honor: In the adventure story, a pondonor, a devotion to the queen and his beloved country characterized the knight on his way home from winning the battle.
pungency (s) (noun)
, pungencies (pl)
1. A sharp acrid sensation affecting the organs of taste or smell: The addition of garlic and chili peppers created the spiciness and pungency necessary for a wonderful spaghetti sauce!
2. A strong effect on the mind because of being clever and direct: The pungencies of the speaker caused many in the audience to think more than usual.
, more pungent, most pungent
1. Descriptive of the powerful and intense smell or taste of something: The spaghetti sauce had a very pungent
taste because of the amount of cumin and ginger which was added to it!
2. Pertaining to a vivid impression on the mind due to being bright and straightforward: Jane had very pungent
memories of being on the farm in her childhood. The most moving recollection was being chased down the driveway by a cow when she was only three years old!
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punster (s) (noun)
, punsters (pl)
An individual who likes to make puns: At the party, the punsters enjoyed the game of word play until everyone groaned!
punt (s) (noun)
, punts (pl)
A narrow boat that is flat-bottomed and square at the ends: Jack and Jill had a lot of fun on the punt and used a long pole to move back to the dock at the lakeside.
, punts; punted; punting
1. To kick a ball dropped by the hands before it hits the ground: The players were punting to each other during practice in advance of their next soccer game.
2. To give up on something: Simon said, "We can't settle this problem now, so let's punt it and talk about the next issue on the agenda."
3. To propel a boat by using a pole: It was the first time for Jeff to use a long pole to punt along in the special boat he made, which was a punt!
punter (s) (noun)
, punters (pl)
1. An individual who uses a long pole in boating: The guy who was the punter of the flat-bottomed boat turned out to be excellent and mastered all of the tricks involved!
2. A player who kicks the ball before it lands on the ground: The best punter of the soccer team was Jill's boyfriend Jeff.
3. A person who gambles; gambler: Mr. Cash, the punter, took his chances in the online casinos on the Isle of Man.
pyropuncture (s) (noun)
, pyropunctures (pl)
Physical treatment by puncture of a body part with hot needles: The specialist used the method of pyropuncture for draining the pus from the abscess.
, reappoints; reappointed; reappointing
To specify a person for a position for a second time: Because Jack did such a wonderful job as secretary of the club, he was appointed for a subsequent year.
reappointment (s) (noun)
, reappointments (pl)
The condition of being placed in office again: Mandy was told that certain officials, like appointed judges, were not entitled or qualified for reappointment.
renipuncture (s) (noun)
, renipunctures (pl)
A surgical puncture of the renal capsule of the kidney: Mrs. Green was told that a renipuncture had to be performed on the perirenal fat covering the kidney due to her serious medical condition.
, more repugnable, most repugnable
Subject to being opposed, contended against, or resisted: The outcome of the election was certainly repugnable, disputed, and challenged by the republican leader of the USA.
repugnance (s) (noun)
, repugnances (pl)
1. A very strong feeling of dislike or disgust about something or someone; revulsion: They felt nothing but repugnance for the terror group's violent history.
2. An extreme aversion to something or someone; loathing: Lynn has a total repugnance, disgust, and abhorrence towards men who mishandle and abuse their wives or other women.
Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "sour, sharp":
acies- (not "sour");
acuto- (not "sour");