Definition of perforate in English:


Syllabification: per·fo·rate


Pronunciation: /ˈpərfəˌrāt
[with object]
  • 1Pierce and make a hole or holes in: the worms had perforated the pages of the book from cover to cover (as adjective perforated) a perforated appendix
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    • Its buildings are wooden huts perforated by bullet holes.
    • Frozen in place, he noted how the red costume was perforated with holes of varying sizes, and that the flesh beneath was a sickly gray.
    • Typically, the instrument has seven finger holes and one thumb hole together with a flaring bell, often perforated by several sound holes.
    pierce, penetrate, enter, puncture, prick, bore through, riddle
  • 1.1Make a row of small holes in (paper) so that a part may be torn off easily.
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    • I want tablecloths made out of woven fabric, not perforated butcher paper.
    • I picked a very cool Valentine for him out of my huge Valentine's book, the kind where the cards had perforated edges and were just torn out.
    • Why on earth, one of you asks, do we still have round road tax discs and waste all that paper, and effort, as we tear off the perforated bits?


Pronunciation: /ˈpərfərit, -ˌrāt
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  • Perforated: a perforate shell
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    • One possibility would be to look for preserved hyphae in Ediacaran fossils and in associated microbial mats, specifically hyphae with perforate cell walls.
    • All multinucleate and uninucleate components of the larva are connected by perforate plugged junctions.
    • The basic morphology consists of two nested, perforate cones connected by a series of septa.



Pronunciation: /-ˌrātər/
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  • Formal blade tools, that is, those that have patterned retouch and/or formal shapes, include blunt drills, end scrapers, side scrapers, gravers, perforators, denticulates, becs/spurs, and hafted knives/scrapers.
  • Expended cores often exhibit evidence of retouch and possible utilization and were sometimes re-modified into specific tool forms, such as denticulates, perforators, or scrapers.
  • One case study reported that incompetent perforators contribute to varicose veins and that sclerosing the perforator can essentially remove the varicose vein.


late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin perforat- 'pierced through', from the verb perforare, from per- 'through' + forare 'pierce'.

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