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
The researchers also cautioned the Caravan designers about clothing that’s too snug around the joints, so Corti and Parati perforated the fabric around knees and elbows to allow for more range of motion.
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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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