[ pur-fuh-rey-shuhn ]
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  1. 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.

  2. a hole made or passing through a thing.

  1. the act of perforating.

  2. 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

Words Nearby perforation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use perforation in a sentence

  • He had several books containing large forms divided by perforation into four parts.

    The Relief of Mafeking | Filson Young
  • I took a sheet of paper to him, and showed him how easy it would be by perforation to tear off the stamps as needed.

  • When preserved whole, with merely a perforation at the top, they are used to carry water, some holding nearly three gallons.

  • Originally determined by the slat of wood which strengthened the wall-plate at the point of its perforation by the trunnels.

    History of Ancient Art | Franz von Reber
  • The ordinary dagger would have made a wider perforation with a corresponding increase in the blood-flow.

    The Shrieking Pit | Arthur J. Rees

British Dictionary definitions for perforation


/ (ˌpɜːfəˈreɪʃən) /

  1. the act of perforating or the state of being perforated

  2. a hole or holes made in something

    • a method of making individual stamps, coupons, etc, easily separable by punching holes along their margins

    • the holes punched in this way: Abbreviation: perf

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