Definition of Perforate

1. Verb. Make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation. "Perforate the sheets of paper"

Exact synonyms: Punch
Generic synonyms: Pierce
Derivative terms: Perforation, Perforation, Punch, Puncher

2. Adjective. Having a hole cut through. "A punctured balloon"
Exact synonyms: Perforated, Pierced, Punctured
Similar to: Cut

3. Verb. Pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance. "The bullet penetrated her chest"

Definition of Perforate

1. v. t. 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. a. Pierced with a hole or holes, or with pores; having transparent dots resembling holes.

Definition of Perforate

1. Adjective. (philately) Perforated. ¹

2. Verb. To pierce; to penetrate. ¹

3. Verb. To make a line of holes in a thin material to allow separation at the line. ¹

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Definition of Perforate


Lexicographical Neighbors of Perforate

perfluorooctanesulfonic acid
perfluorooctanoic acid
perfluorooctyl bromide
perfoliate leaf
perforant pathway
perforate (current term)
perforated eardrum
perforated layer of sclera
perforated space
perforated ulcer
perforated viscus
perforating abscess
perforating appendicitis
perforating arteries
perforating arteries of foot
perforating arteries of hand
perforating arteries of internal mammary

Literary usage of Perforate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"Characters—Tests of the larger species arenaceous, either with or without a perforate calcareous basis; smaller forms hyaline and conspicuously perforated. ..."

2. English Synonymes Explained: In Alphabetical Order ; with Copious by George Crabb (1883)
"To perforate and bore are modes of piercing that vary in the circumstances of the action, and the objects acted upon ; to pierre, in ils peculiar use, ..."

3. Report of the Annual Meeting (1900)
"Of ancient North Americans the percentage of perforate bones out of 300 ... In one collection from the Gila Valley, in Arizona, 48 perforate bones were ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Example of a branched adherent calcareous perforate ... 6, b, b, b, perforate surface« of tin primary wall of four tiers of chambers, from which the ..."

5. Monographic Medicine by Albion Walter Hewlett, Lewellys Franklin Barker, Milton Howard Fussell, Henry Leopold Elsner (1916)
"Uncomplicated defects of the septum have been found post mortem in subjects as old as fifty years. 3. perforate Foramen Ovale Uncomplicated perforate ..."

6. Report by Oklahoma Adjutant-general's office (1859)
"As the little pin-holes which they perforate scarcely diminish the strength of the timber in the least, they are deemed of no consequence. ..."

7. The Journal of Anatomy and Physiology by Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1898)
"NOTE ON A MODERATOR BAND IN THE LEFT VENTRICLE AND A perforate SEPTUM OVALE ... perforate SEPTUM OVALE. Another point of interest in the same heart was the ..."

8. The Monthly Microscopical Journal: Transactions of the Royal Microscopical (1876)
"... are quite concentric and enclosing, unlike any other known Foraminifer. f Shells of the perforate or Hyaline Foraminifera. ..."

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