|1.||to make a hole or holes in (something); penetrate|
|2.||(tr) to punch rows of holes between (stamps, coupons, etc) for ease of separation|
|a. pierced by small holes: perforate shells|
|b. marked with small transparent spots|
|4.||philately another word for perforated|
|[C16: from Latin perforāre, from per- through + forāre to pierce]|
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