[verb pur-fuh-reyt; adjective pur-fer-it, -fuh-reyt]
- to make a hole or holes through by boring, punching, piercing, or the like.
- to pierce through or to the interior of; penetrate.
- to make a way through or into something; penetrate.
Origin of perforate
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Examples from the Web for perforate
They perforate the nose and ears, and put various ornaments into them.Handbook to the new Gold-fields
R. M. Ballantyne
Sometimes it is content to perforate them with a multitude of little holes.Thunder and Lightning
Their only resort, therefore, was to perforate it with their tomahawks.Great Events in the History of North and South America
Charles A. Goodrich
What if she perforate her big India-rubber ball with the points of the scissors?Folly as It Flies
There are some galleries which have taken more than 30 years to perforate.
- to make a hole or holes in (something); penetrate
- (tr) to punch rows of holes between (stamps, coupons, etc) for ease of separation
- pierced by small holesperforate shells
- marked with small transparent spots
- philately another word for perforated (def. 2)
C16: from Latin perforāre, from per- through + forāre to pierce
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Word Origin and History for perforate
late 15c. (implied in perforated), a back-formation from perforation or else from Latin perforatus, past participle of perforare "to bore through, pierce through." Related: Perforating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To make a hole or holes in, as from injury, disease, or medical procedure.
- To pass into or through (a body structure or tissue).
- Having been perforated.
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