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perforate

[ verb pur-fuh-reyt; adjective pur-fer-it, -fuh-reyt ]
/ verb 藞p蓽r f蓹藢re瑟t; adjective 藞p蓽r f蓹r 瑟t, -f蓹藢re瑟t /
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verb (used with object), per路fo路rat路ed, per路fo路rat路ing.
to make a hole or holes through by boring, punching, piercing, or the like.
to pierce through or to the interior of; penetrate.
verb (used without object), per路fo路rat路ed, per路fo路rat路ing.
to make a way through or into something; penetrate.
adjective
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Origin of perforate

1530鈥40; <Latin perfor膩tus, past participle of perfor膩re to bore2 through; see per-

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British Dictionary definitions for perforate

perforate

verb (藞p蓽藧f蓹藢re瑟t)
to make a hole or holes in (something); penetrate
(tr) to punch rows of holes between (stamps, coupons, etc) for ease of separation
adjective (藞p蓽藧f蓹r瑟t)
biology
  1. pierced by small holesperforate shells
  2. marked with small transparent spots
philately another word for perforated (def. 2)

Derived forms of perforate

perforable (藞p蓽藧f蓹r蓹bl), adjectiveperforative or perforatory, adjectiveperforator, noun

Word Origin for perforate

C16: from Latin perfor膩re, from per- through + for膩re to pierce
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Medical definitions for perforate

perforate
[ p没rf蓹-r膩t鈥 ]

v.
To make a hole or holes in, as from injury, disease, or medical procedure.
To pass into or through (a body structure or tissue).
adj.
Having been perforated.
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