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

Synonyms for perforate

Synonyms

bore, drill, hole, pierce, punch, puncture, riddle

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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

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The bullet perforated Ortiz's intestines and internal organs before hitting his friend, TV talk show host Jhoel Lopez, in the leg. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Mastermind negotiated $30,000 bounty in botched hit that wounded baseball star David Ortiz, police allege," 1 July 2019 The bullet passed through Ortiz, perforating his intestines and internal organs. Jill Martin, CNN, "Red Sox player David Ortiz is out of intensive care, his wife says," 23 June 2019 The centers are perforated and the seats are heated but not ventilated. (james Halfacre), San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Mazda3: elevated design, distinct character," 8 June 2019 After a steel pipe is inserted, cemented into place and perforated in the target spot, the hole is pressurized by injecting a combination of sand, water and chemicals. Geoffrey Giller, Discover Magazine, "The Midwestern Sand Mines Feeding the Fracking Industry," 26 Apr. 2019 Push the corner of the blade downwards and perforate the lid of the can by digging in at an angle. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "How to Open a Can Without a Can Opener," 21 May 2019 Lesso also plans to create a more welcoming environment, adding an open lawn for people to hang out that would feature food trucks and events, and improving the facade with more glass, perforated metal and bright orange palettes. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Chinese Company Tries a Fresh Concept to Revive a New York Mall," 22 July 2018 The sport is played with wooden paddles and a plastic, perforated ball on a short, square court. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "A Tennis Purist Who Became a Pickleball Pro," 19 Jan. 2019 Two bullets perforated his lungs, with one of those two bullets hitting his heart and aorta, and another bullet striking his spine. Washington Post, "Autopsy by coroner sheds light on Sacramento police killing," 3 May 2018

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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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More Definitions for perforate

perforate

verb

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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