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perforate

[verb pur-fuh-reyt; adjective pur-fer-it, -fuh-reyt]
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verb (used with object), per·fo·rat·ed, per·fo·rat·ing.
  1. to make a hole or holes through by boring, punching, piercing, or the like.
  2. to pierce through or to the interior of; penetrate.
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verb (used without object), per·fo·rat·ed, per·fo·rat·ing.
  1. to make a way through or into something; penetrate.
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adjective
  1. perforated.
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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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Examples from the Web for perforate

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Camille Flammarion

  • Their only resort, therefore, was to perforate it with their tomahawks.

  • What if she perforate her big India-rubber ball with the points of the scissors?

  • There are some galleries which have taken more than 30 years to perforate.


British Dictionary definitions for perforate

perforate

verb (ˈpɜːfəˌreɪt)
  1. to make a hole or holes in (something); penetrate
  2. (tr) to punch rows of holes between (stamps, coupons, etc) for ease of separation
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adjective (ˈpɜːfərɪt)
  1. biology
    1. pierced by small holesperforate shells
    2. marked with small transparent spots
  2. philately another word for perforated (def. 2)
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Derived Formsperforable (ˈpɜːfərəbəl), adjectiveperforative or perforatory, adjectiveperforator, noun

Word Origin

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

perforate in Medicine

perforate

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