perforate

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verb per·fo·rate \ˈpər-fə-ˌrāt\

Definition of perforate

perforated

perforating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a hole through; especially :  to make a line of holes in to facilitate separation

  3. 2 :  to pass through or into by or as if by making a hole

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to penetrate a surface

perforate

play \ˈpər-f(ə-)rət, -fə-ˌrāt\ adjective

perforator

play \-fə-ˌrā-tər\ noun

Examples of perforate in a sentence

  1. Cover the bowl with aluminum foil, and then use a fork to perforate the foil.

  2. <he perforated the sheet with his pencil and put it in his binder>

Origin and Etymology of perforate

Latin perforatus, past participle of perforare to bore through, from per- through + forare to bore — more at bore


First Known Use: 1538


PERFORATE Defined for English Language Learners

perforate

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verb per·fo·rate \ˈpər-fə-ˌrāt\

Definition of perforate for English Language Learners

  • : to make a hole or a series of holes in (something)


PERFORATE Defined for Kids

perforate

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verb per·fo·rate \ˈpər-fə-ˌrāt\

Definition of perforate for Students

perforated

perforating

  1. :  to make a hole or many holes through


Medical Dictionary

perforate

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verb per·fo·rate \ˈpər-fə-ˌrāt\

Medical Definition of perforate

perforated

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perforating

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to make a hole through <an ulcer perforates the duodenal wall>

  4. 2:  to enter or extend through <the nerve perforates the dura mater>

  5. intransitive verb

  6. :  to penetrate a surface <the wound in the forearm was perforatingJournal of the American Medical Association>



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