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Definitions for perforate
ˈpɜr fəˌreɪt; -fər ɪt, -fəˌreɪtper·fo·rate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pierced, perforated, perforate, puncturedverb

    having a hole cut through

    "pierced ears"; "a perforated eardrum"; "a punctured balloon"

  2. punch, perforateverb

    make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation

    "perforate the sheets of paper"

  3. penetrate, perforateverb

    pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

    "The bullet penetrated her chest"


  1. perforateverb

    To pierce; to penetrate.

  2. perforateverb

    To make a line of holes in a thin material to allow separation at the line.

  3. perforateadjective


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PERFORATEverb

    To pierce with a tool; to bore.

    Etymology: perforo, Lat.

    Draw the bough of a low fruit tree newly budded without twisting, into an earthern pot perforate at the bottom, and then cover the pot with earth, it will yield a very large fruit. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    A perforated bladder does not swell. Boyle.

    The labour’d chyle pervades the pores,
    In all the arterial perforated shores. Richard Blackmore.

    The aperture was limited by an opaque circle placed between the eye-glass and the eye, and perforated in the middle with a little round hole for the rays to pass through to the eye. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    Worms perforate the guts. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.


  1. perforate

    A perforation is a small hole in a thin material or web. There is usually more than one perforation in an organized fashion, where all of the holes collectively are called a perforation. The process of creating perforations is called perforating, which involves puncturing the workpiece with a tool. Perforations are usually used to allow easy separation of two sections of the material, such as allowing paper to be torn easily along the line. Packaging with perforations in paperboard or plastic film is easy for consumers to open. Other purposes include filtrating fluids, sound deadening, allowing light or fluids to pass through, and to create an aesthetic design.Various applications include plastic films to allow the packages to breathe, medical films, micro perforated plate and sound and vapor barriers.


  1. perforate

    To perforate refers to the act of making a hole or holes through a surface, material or object, often in a series or pattern. This could be achieved using various methods such as puncturing, piercing, or boring.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perforate

    to bore through; to pierce through with a pointed instrument; to make a hole or holes through by boring or piercing; to pierce or penetrate the surface of

  2. Perforateadjective

    alt. of Perforated

  3. Etymology: [L. perforatus, p. p. of perforare to perforate; per through + forare to bore. See Bore, v.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Perforate

    pėr′fō-rāt, v.t. to bore through: to pierce: to make a hole through.—adj. Per′forable, capable of being perforated.—n. Per′forans, the long flexor muscle of the toes, or the deep flexor muscle of the fingers.—adjs. Per′forant, perforating; Per′forate, -d (bot.), pierced with holes: having transparent dots, as the leaves of certain flowers.—n. Perforā′tion, act of boring through: a hole through or into anything.—adj. Per′forātive, having power to pierce.—ns. Per′forātor, one who bores, or an instrument for boring; Per′forātus, the short flexor of the toes, or the superficial flexor of the fingers. [L. perforāre, -ātumper, through, forāre, to bore.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perforate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perforate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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