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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

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 In the sacristy, three bullets perforated a life-size painting of Christ. José De Córdoba |, WSJ, "Church Becomes Target in Nicaragua Crisis," 23 July 2018 In one case, a surgeon had perforated a patient’s bowel during a laparoscopy. The Economist, "Hospitals are learning from industry how to cut medical errors," 28 June 2018 Two bullets perforated his lungs, with one of those two bullets hitting his heart and aorta, and another bullet striking his spine. Fox News, "Independent autopsy of Stephon Clark was 'erroneous,' coroner says," 2 May 2018 One round penetrated a box of avocados, another struck a case of 7-Up and a third perforated a giant Safeway sign featuring a picture of a child. Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY, "FBI files: Jared Loughner apparently wrote poem for 2011 killing spree," 6 Apr. 2018 Buildings would be perforated, fires would inevitably rage and an unknown number of people would die. Erik Sofge, Popular Mechanics, "Can North Korea Really "Flatten" Seoul?," 24 Nov. 2010

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'perforate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about perforate

Statistics for perforate

Last Updated

13 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for perforate

The first known use of perforate was in 1538

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on perforate

What made you want to look up perforate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a strong desire or propensity

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!