Definition of perforate in English:



  • 1 Pierce and make a hole or holes in.

    ‘a perforated appendix’
    • ‘Here, stiff strips of paper have been tinted a dull green or brown by a chlorophyll wash and perforated with a hole punch.’
    • ‘During the routine operation, her bowel was perforated.’
    • ‘Its buildings are wooden huts perforated by bullet holes.’
    • ‘Typically, the instrument has seven finger holes and one thumb hole together with a flaring bell, often perforated by several sound holes.’
    • ‘One of the stab wounds had perforated his heart.’
    • ‘If there is fluid around the structure the appendix may have perforated.’
    • ‘The page will also be perforated with the holder's image.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From shoes to gloves to bags, it's no secret that perforated leather is in.’
    • ‘It's a uniquely hard limestone that can be perforated in a way, he says, that no other limestone can.’
    • ‘Instead, clusters of pits located almost anywhere along the vessel have perforated or porose pit membranes.’
    • ‘At one end it is equipped either with a finely woven basket-work bulb or one of metal perforated with minute holes, so as to prevent the particles of the tea leaves from being drawn up into the mouth.’
    • ‘Many of the victims' eardrums have been perforated because of the noise.’
    • ‘A possible explanation was that part of the disc being removed had perforated the artery - there was no suggestion that any surgical implement had caused the damage.’
    • ‘His image perforated my train of thoughts for couple of hours.’
    • ‘The cell wall is usually delicately ornamented and perforated by minute holes.’
    • ‘One side of each box is perforated with small holes and the opposite side is an open, plain square of light.’
    • ‘In rare cases the eardrum will become perforated (a hole will form in it), and pus will then be seen running out of the ear.’
    • ‘The muscle is incorporated because it acts as a vehicle for perforating blood vessels that supply the overlying skin and fat and that originate from the deep inferior epigastric artery.’
    • ‘The ring and disk were perforated by ten holes each, and gravity tended to align the holes ten times per revolution.’
    pierce, penetrate, enter, puncture, prick, bore through, riddle, hole, make holes in, punch holes in, put holes in
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    1. 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’
      • ‘The inside page was a perforated absentee ballot application which was returned to our post office box.’
      • ‘Available in the form of rolls, the sacks are torn off at perforated sections.’
      • ‘The chocolate is accessed by a perforated tear strip on the back face of the card.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I had picked it out just for him too, tore it out of that huge perforated book that my mom had bought for me that year.’
      • ‘The large sheet of folded and perforated paper contains 2 ballot papers and a declaration of identity.’
      • ‘However,… the world does not in fact break easily along neatly perforated lines.’
      • ‘I want tablecloths made out of woven fabric, not perforated butcher paper.’


Biology Medicine
  • Perforated.

    ‘a perforate shell’
    • ‘The basic morphology consists of two nested, perforate cones connected by a series of septa.’
    • ‘Usually, an open surgical technique is performed to interrupt the flow of these incompetent perforate veins.’
    • ‘All multinucleate and uninucleate components of the larva are connected by perforate plugged junctions.’
    • ‘One possibility would be to look for preserved hyphae in Ediacaran fossils and in associated microbial mats, specifically hyphae with perforate cell walls.’
    • ‘The perforate, thin-walled structure to the bowl-shaped sponge is distinctive, particularly where the relatively close, but irregular, packing of the various ranked canals and ostia is evident.’


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