verb (used with object), per·fo·rat·ed, per·fo·rat·ing.
verb (used without object), per·fo·rat·ed, per·fo·rat·ing.
- perfoliate bellwort,
- perforated layer of sclera,
- perforated substance,
- perforated tape,
- perforated ulcer
Origin of perforate
Examples from the Web for perforate
A curious fact about C. villosus is that the acetabular cavity is perforate (on both sides), or at least only closed by membrane.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia|Frank Evers Beddard
I have only recorded a single instance, and in this a honey bee was seen to perforate the fragile spurs of Impatiens.
This man had offered to perforate my pearls, and to string them; an operation to which I consented.Afloat And Ashore|James Fenimore Cooper
We have seen nothing to substantiate the belief that duodenal ulcers are liable to perforate during the third period.Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
The tail is long and does not perforate the interfemoral membrane.
- pierced by small holesperforate shells
- marked with small transparent spots
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.