Definition of perforate
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
: to penetrate a surface
perforateplay \ˈpər-f(ə-)rət, -fə-ˌrāt\ adjective
perforatorplay \ˈpər-fə-ˌrā-tər\ noun
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 of perforate from the Web
According to doctors, a bullet entered the side of her hip perforating her uterus and critically injuring the baby inside her womb.
The front seats are perforated for ventilation, while the rear seat covers are solid so crumbs don’t get trapped inside.
Assuming that the abdominal wall was perforated by ultrasonic energy from the fat dissolving probe, could energy from the 5 mm diameter probe cause 2 mm perforations in the intestinal tissues on the other side of the abdominal wall?
Custer fired four times and all four bullets struck Adams, one just grazing his arm but two hitting him in in the upper chest, traveling to his lower back and striking several organs and perforating a lung, according to a medical examiner’s report.
As she was given anesthesia, a tube placed in her throat perforated her esophagus, the court ruling states.
Beyond cataract surgery, eye specialists perform a long list of procedures, like eyelid and retinal repairs, corneal grafts, and microsurgery involving tiny needles and thread that allow precise suturing of perforating wounds.
The middle seats also is heated, and has perforated leather surfaces.
Cotton swabs can cause cuts in our ear canals, perforate our eardrums and dislocate our hearing bones.
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PERFORATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of perforate for English Language Learners
: to make a hole or a series of holes in (something)
PERFORATE Defined for Kids
Definition of perforate for Students
: to make a hole or many holes through
Medical Definition of perforate
transitive verb: 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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