Definition of perforate in English:



  • 1 Pierce and make a hole or holes in.

    ‘the worms had perforated the pages of the book from cover to cover’
    ‘a perforated appendix’
    • ‘Typically, the instrument has seven finger holes and one thumb hole together with a flaring bell, often perforated by several sound holes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One side of each box is perforated with small holes and the opposite side is an open, plain square of light.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of the stab wounds had perforated his heart.’
    • ‘Instead, clusters of pits located almost anywhere along the vessel have perforated or porose pit membranes.’
    • ‘Here, stiff strips of paper have been tinted a dull green or brown by a chlorophyll wash and perforated with a hole punch.’
    • ‘Many of the victims' eardrums have been perforated because of the noise.’
    • ‘His image perforated my train of thoughts for couple of hours.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ring and disk were perforated by ten holes each, and gravity tended to align the holes ten times per revolution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During the routine operation, her bowel was perforated.’
    • ‘Its buildings are wooden huts perforated by bullet holes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If there is fluid around the structure the appendix may have perforated.’
    • ‘From shoes to gloves to bags, it's no secret that perforated leather is in.’
    • ‘The page will also be perforated with the holder's image.’
    • ‘The cell wall is usually delicately ornamented and perforated by minute holes.’
    • ‘It's a uniquely hard limestone that can be perforated in a way, he says, that no other limestone can.’
    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.
      • ‘The inside page was a perforated absentee ballot application which was returned to our post office box.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Available in the form of rolls, the sacks are torn off at perforated sections.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However,… the world does not in fact break easily along neatly perforated lines.’
      • ‘The large sheet of folded and perforated paper contains 2 ballot papers and a declaration of identity.’
      • ‘I want tablecloths made out of woven fabric, not perforated butcher paper.’
      • ‘The chocolate is accessed by a perforated tear strip on the back face of the card.’
      • ‘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.’


Medicine Biology
  • Perforated.

    ‘a perforate shell’
    • ‘One possibility would be to look for preserved hyphae in Ediacaran fossils and in associated microbial mats, specifically hyphae with perforate cell walls.’
    • ‘The basic morphology consists of two nested, perforate cones connected by a series of septa.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All multinucleate and uninucleate components of the larva are connected by perforate plugged junctions.’
    • ‘Usually, an open surgical technique is performed to interrupt the flow of these incompetent perforate veins.’


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