perforate

verb per·fo·rate \ ˈpər-fə-ˌrāt \

Definition of perforate

perforated; perforating
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

perforate

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

perforator

play \ˈpər-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

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Origin and Etymology of perforate

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

perforate Synonyms


PERFORATE Defined for English Language Learners

perforate

verb

Definition of perforate for English Language Learners

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


PERFORATE Defined for Kids

perforate

verb per·fo·rate \ ˈpər-fə-ˌrāt \

Definition of perforate for Students

perforated; perforating
:to make a hole or many holes through

Medical Dictionary

perforate

verb per·fo·rate \ ˈpər-fə-ˌrāt \

medical Definition of perforate

perforated; perforating
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 perforating
  • Journal of the American Medical Association


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