pierced with a hole or holes: Punch out along the perforated line.
Philately. (of a number of stamps joined together) having rows of closely spaced perforations dividing each stamp from the others.
marked by or having perforation: a perforated ulcer.

Also perforate.

Origin of perforated

First recorded in 1480–90; perforate + -ed2
Related formsmul·ti·per·fo·rat·ed, adjectivenon·per·fo·rat·ed, adjectivepost·per·fo·rat·ed, adjectiveun·per·fo·rat·ed, adjective


[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.


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for perforated

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

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pierced with one or more holes
(esp of stamps) having perforationsAbbreviation: perf


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)

  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 perforated



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

perforated in Medicine




Pierced with one or more holes.




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


Having been perforated.
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