per·​fo·​rat·​ed | \ ˈpər-fə-ˌrā-təd How to pronounce perforated (audio) \

Definition of perforated

1 : having a hole or perforations especially : having a specified number of perforations in 20 millimeters the stamps are perforated 10
2 : characterized by perforation a perforated ulcer

Examples of perforated in a Sentence

a pad with perforated sheets of paper
Recent Examples on the Web My Avenir had black, perforated leather seats sewn in a diamond pattern. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Buick Envision’s new looks, features have the feel of a hit," 24 Feb. 2021 Recently, in a local government office in Eti-Osa, an upscale area of Lagos, stacks of papers, registers and perforated books of yellow birth and death certificates surrounded Abayome Agunbiade, a registrar with the Nigerian Population Commission. New York Times, "A Continent Where the Dead Are Not Counted," 2 Jan. 2021 There are, however, ways to get past the perforated thin foil or metal guard that keeps oscillating or rotating blades in electric shavers from connecting too closely to your skin. Jeremy Helligar, Popular Science, "Best electric shaver: Get a smooth shave with our picks," 18 Dec. 2020 Instead, protect a young tree’s vulnerable bark from animals by wrapping it with a loose tube of wire mesh or a flexible, perforated plastic spiral tree protector that allows air to circulate. Beth Botts,, "Winter is coming: Here are 12 do’s and don’ts for preparing your garden for cold weather," 14 Nov. 2020 The older woman, identified by her first name Kenza, was hospitalized with a perforated lung. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Two charged in France for allegedly stabbing two Muslim women, hurling racist insults," 22 Oct. 2020 Envelopes for mail-in ballots in Utah have a perforated area where voters typically must sign for their ballot to be counted. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Ballot printing error in Sanpete County creates confusion," 14 Oct. 2020 Look for perforated, metal zipper pulls that accept small padlocks or sturdy latches with lock-hasp holes for securing with key or combination locks. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Rifle Case," 15 Sep. 2020 Five perforated mats measuring 8 feet by 16 feet and holding aquatic plants are in a 1.25-acre body of water at the park in Greenhills, Great Parks said in a press release. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, "Great Parks installs first-ever 'floating wetlands' at Parky's Farm in Winton Woods," 5 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of perforated

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Perforated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of perforated

: having a hole or a series of holes
of paper, cardboard, etc. : having a line of small holes to make tearing easy and neat


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Medical Definition of perforated

: having a hole or series of holes : characterized by perforation a perforated eardrum

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