[pur-fuh-rey-shuh n]


a hole, or one of a series of holes, bored or punched through something, as those between individual postage stamps of a sheet to facilitate separation.
a hole made or passing through a thing.
the act of perforating.
the condition or state of being perforated.

Origin of perforation

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin perforātiōn- (stem of perforātiō) a boring through. See perforate, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for perforation



the act of perforating or the state of being perforated
a hole or holes made in something
  1. a method of making individual stamps, coupons, etc, easily separable by punching holes along their margins
  2. the holes punched in this wayAbbreviation: perf
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Word Origin and History for perforation

early 15c., "hole made through something;" mid-15c., "action of perforating," from Middle French perforation or directly from Late Latin perforationem (nominative perforatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin perforare "bore or pierce through," from per- "through" (see per) + forare "to pierce" (see bore (v.1)).

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Medicine definitions for perforation




The act of perforating or the state of being perforated.
An abnormal opening in a hollow organ or viscus, as one made by rupture or injury.
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