per·​fo·​rat·​ed ˈpər-fə-ˌrā-təd How to pronounce perforated (audio)
: having a hole or perforations
especially : having a specified number of perforations in 20 millimeters
the stamps are perforated 10
: characterized by perforation
a perforated ulcer

Examples of perforated in a Sentence

a pad with perforated sheets of paper
Recent Examples on the Web Condiment shakers on all the tables were filled with large round chili peppers that could not fit through the perforated lid. Kunle Falayi, The Arizona Republic, 8 May 2024 Pickleball, which is played with a perforated plastic ball and wooden paddles on a badminton-sized court, is the fastest growing sport in the U.S., with the number of players rising from 4.8 million in 2021 to 8.9 million in 2023, according to USA Pickleball. Linda Carroll, NBC News, 12 Feb. 2024 Rather than write with a pen or pencil, which Jews are prohibited from doing on Yom Kippur and the Sabbath, worshipers designated what to give by bending a perforated tab. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024 The perforated design has much smaller holes than many other similar gutter guards and is designed to keep out debris while allowing water to flow freely. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Aug. 2023 Put dough-paste into a rudimentary extruder: a cylinder with a bottom of perforated metal. Chantha Nguon, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Feb. 2024 In addition to the bra band’s thickness, Caldwell says to consider features such as hook and eye closures, a breathable mesh or perforated material, and a firmer elastic that doesn’t stretch as easily for added support. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 28 Feb. 2024 Each of the pieces, from the perforated metal fruit bowl to the pendant lamps, was crafted to fit seamlessly in a variety of spaces. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 26 Feb. 2024 There was a choice of leather, sheepskin, perforated and velour finishes. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of perforated was in the 15th century

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“Perforated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


per·​fo·​rat·​ed -fə-ˌrāt-əd How to pronounce perforated (audio)
: having a hole or series of holes : characterized by perforation
a perforated eardrum
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