perforate

verb
per·​fo·​rate | \ ˈpər-fə-ˌrāt How to pronounce perforate (audio) \
perforated; perforating

Definition of perforate

transitive verb

1 : to make a hole through especially : to make a line of holes in to facilitate separation
2 : to pass through or into by or as if by making a hole

intransitive verb

: to penetrate a surface

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Other Words from perforate

perforate \ ˈpər-​f(ə-​)rət How to pronounce perforate (audio) , -​fə-​ˌrāt \ adjective
perforator \ ˈpər-​fə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce perforator (audio) \ noun

Examples of perforate in a Sentence

Cover the bowl with aluminum foil, and then use a fork to perforate the foil. he perforated the sheet with his pencil and put it in his binder
Recent Examples on the Web During the alleged nonconsensual procedure, Perwaiz had also perforated her bladder. Washington Post, "An OB/GYN mutilated women with unnecessary hysterectomies, tube ties and ‘cleanouts,’ feds say," 11 Nov. 2019 The maple plywood panel has perforated slots for hooks and shelves, along with custom boxes for cookie sheets and a custom feeding shelf for Paric’s cat, Gimlet. BostonGlobe.com, "A Cambridge condo’s pint-sized kitchen gets a new design that maximizes space," 12 Oct. 2019 Sometimes, death by plastic is obvious—if, for instance, albatross chicks are found dead with only plastic and no food in their stomachs, or if a whale’s necropsy shows intestines perforated by sharp plastic. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Why do ocean animals eat plastic?," 5 Dec. 2019 The only kind that was available was rough and gray, and it was not perforated into individual sheets. The New Yorker, "The Mail," 13 Apr. 2020 This affordable pan is non-stick, dishwasher-safe, and perforated to give your French loaf a delicious golden crust. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 7 Best Bread Pans to Bake Your Next Loaf to Perfection," 6 Apr. 2020 These gym shoes are undoubtedly a wardrobe staple with their timeless silhouette, perforated three stripe design, and rubber sole. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Urban Outfitters is having a surprise shoe sale on UGGs, Vans, and more," 3 Apr. 2020 Finneas, leaning over the couch in an extremely L.A. ensemble — multicolored camp shirt, skinny trousers, perforated brown loafers with no socks — gave Billie a hug. Nicole Daniels, New York Times, "What Songs Matter to You Now?," 19 Mar. 2020 Also included is adaptive front lighting, upgraded LED headlights and taillights, an excellent windshield color head up display, perforated leather for seats, and steering wheel, and paddle shifters. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "2020 Mazda CX-30 delivers premium panache at affordable price," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of perforate

1538, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for perforate

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

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The first known use of perforate was in 1538

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7 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Perforate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perforate. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for perforate

perforate

verb
How to pronounce perforate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of perforate

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

perforate

verb
per·​fo·​rate | \ ˈpər-fə-ˌrāt How to pronounce perforate (audio) \
perforated; perforating

Kids Definition of perforate

: to make a hole or many holes through

perforate

verb
per·​fo·​rate | \ ˈpər-fə-ˌrāt How to pronounce perforate (audio) \
perforated; perforating

Medical Definition of perforate

transitive verb

1 : to make a hole through an ulcer perforates the duodenal wall
2 : to enter or extend through the nerve perforates the dura mater

intransitive verb

: to penetrate a surface the wound in the forearm was perforatingJournal of the American Medical Association

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