perforate

[verb pur-fuh-reyt; adjective pur-fer-it, -fuh-reyt]

verb (used with object), per·fo·rat·ed, per·fo·rat·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·fo·rat·ed, per·fo·rat·ing.

to make a way through or into something; penetrate.

adjective


Origin of perforate

1530–40; < Latin perforātus, past participle of perforāre to bore2 through; see per-
Related formsper·for·a·ble, adjectiveper·fo·ra·tive, adjectiveper·fo·ra·tor, nounmul·ti·per·fo·rate, adjectivenon·per·fo·rat·ing, adjectiveun·per·for·a·ble, adjectiveun·per·fo·rat·ing, adjectiveun·per·fo·ra·tive, adjective
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Related Words for perforate

puncture, permeate, pierce, probe, punch, drive, slit, stab, drill, penetrate, bore, pit, hole, honeycomb

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British Dictionary definitions for perforate

perforate

verb (ˈpɜːfəˌreɪt)

to make a hole or holes in (something); penetrate
(tr) to punch rows of holes between (stamps, coupons, etc) for ease of separation

adjective (ˈpɜːfərɪt)

biology
  1. pierced by small holesperforate shells
  2. marked with small transparent spots
philately another word for perforated (def. 2)
Derived Formsperforable (ˈpɜːfərəbəl), adjectiveperforative or perforatory, adjectiveperforator, noun

Word Origin for perforate

C16: from Latin perforāre, from per- through + forāre to pierce
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Word Origin and History for perforate
v.

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

perforate in Medicine

perforate

[pûrfə-rāt′]

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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