imperforate

[ im-pur-fer-it, -fuh-reyt ]
/ ɪmˈpɜr fər ɪt, -fəˌreɪt /

adjective

Also im·per·fo·rat·ed. not perforate; having no perforation.
Philately. (of a number of stamps joined together) lacking the perforations usually separating individual stamps.

noun

an imperforate stamp.

Origin of imperforate

First recorded in 1665–75; im-2 + perforate
Related formsim·per·fo·ra·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for imperforate

imperforate

/ (ɪmˈpɜːfərɪt, -ˌreɪt) /

adjective

not perforated
(of a postage stamp) not provided with perforation or any other means of separationAbbreviation: imperf Compare perforate
anatomy (of a bodily part, such as the anus) without the normal opening
Derived Formsimperforation, noun
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Word Origin and History for imperforate

imperforate


adj.

1670s, from im- + perforate (adj.).

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Medicine definitions for imperforate

imperforate

[ ĭm-pûrfər-ĭt ]

adj.

Lacking a normal opening.
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