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[pur-fuh-rey-tid] /ˈpɜr fəˌreɪ tɪd/
pierced with a hole or holes:
Punch out along the perforated line.
Philately. (of a number of stamps joined together) having rows of closely spaced perforations dividing each stamp from the others.
marked by or having perforation:
a perforated ulcer.
Also, perforate.
Origin of perforated
1480-90; perforate + -ed2
Related forms
multiperforated, adjective
nonperforated, adjective
postperforated, adjective
unperforated, adjective


[v. pur-fuh-reyt; adj. pur-fer-it, -fuh-reyt] /v. ˈpɜr fəˌreɪt; adj. ˈpɜr fər ɪt, -fəˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), perforated, perforating.
to make a hole or holes through by boring, punching, piercing, or the like.
to pierce through or to the interior of; penetrate.
verb (used without object), perforated, perforating.
to make a way through or into something; penetrate.
1530-40; < Latin perforātus, past participle of perforāre to bore2 through; see per-
Related forms
perforable, adjective
perforative, adjective
perforator, noun
multiperforate, adjective
nonperforating, adjective
unperforable, adjective
unperforating, adjective
unperforative, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for perforated
  • So the partners situated the cooling equipment behind a skin of folded, perforated metal.
  • IT may have perforated or broken through the omentum causing the acute pelvic abscess.
  • Some of the skulls had been perforated more than once, including one individual who had undergone the operation seven times.
  • Inside are two joined hemispheres of perforated aluminum that contain a suspended bridge.
  • The rig's perforated red beams resemble a giant segmented insect.
  • Or rather, it is four conjoined thumb-drives, perforated for easy separation.
  • Dinosaur eggs were perforated with tiny holes, which allowed life-giving oxygen to enter.
  • One suffered serious injuries, including a collapsed lung and a perforated intestine.
  • Soft fabric lining, cushioning insole with perforated arch support, flexible midsole.
  • Using a perforated spoon, carefully remove the eggs onto the paper.
British Dictionary definitions for perforated


pierced with one or more holes
(esp of stamps) having perforations perf


verb (ˈpɜːfəˌreɪt)
to make a hole or holes in (something); penetrate
(transitive) to punch rows of holes between (stamps, coupons, etc) for ease of separation
adjective (ˈpɜːfərɪt)
  1. pierced by small holes: perforate shells
  2. marked with small transparent spots
(philately) another word for perforated (sense 2)
Derived Forms
perforable (ˈpɜːfərəbəl) adjective
perforative, perforatory, adjective
perforator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin perforāre, from per- through + forāre to pierce
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Word Origin and History for perforated



late 15c. (implied in perforated), a back-formation from perforation or else from Latin perforatus, past participle of perforare "to bore through, pierce through." Related: Perforating.

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perforated in Medicine

perforated adj.
Pierced with one or more holes.

perforate per·fo·rate (pûr'fə-rāt')
v. per·fo·rat·ed, per·fo·rat·ing, per·fo·rates

  1. To make a hole or holes in, as from injury, disease, or medical procedure.

  2. To pass into or through (a body structure or tissue).

adj. (pûr'fər-ĭt, -fə-rāt')
Having been perforated.
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