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perforate

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Definition of perforate in English:

verb

Pronunciation: /ˈpəːfəreɪt
 
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[with object] (often as adjective perforated)
1Pierce and make a hole or holes in: a perforated appendix
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1Make a row of small holes in (paper) so that a part may be torn off easily: continuous stationery is perforated to allow separation into single sheets
More example sentences
  • 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?

adjective

Pronunciation: /ˈpəːf(ə)rət
 
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Biology & Medicine Back to top  
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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

perforator

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Pronunciation: /ˈpəːfəreɪtə/
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

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