verb (used with object), per·fo·rat·ed, per·fo·rat·ing.
verb (used without object), per·fo·rat·ed, per·fo·rat·ing.
Origin of perforate
Related Words for perforatepuncture, permeate, pierce, probe, punch, drive, slit, stab, drill, penetrate, bore, pit, hole, honeycomb
Examples from the Web for perforate
Historical Examples of 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.
Word Origin 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.