• WordNet 3.6
    • adj perforate having a hole cut through "pierced ears","a perforated eardrum","a punctured balloon"
    • v perforate pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance "The bullet penetrated her chest"
    • v perforate make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation "perforate the sheets of paper"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Perforate Pierced with a hole or holes, or with pores; having transparent dots resembling holes.
    • v. t Perforate To bore through; to pierce through with a pointed instrument; to make a hole or holes through by boring or piercing; to pierce or penetrate the surface of.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • perforate To bore through; pierce; make a hole or holes in, as by boring or driving.
    • perforate Synonyms Bore through, Pierce, etc. See penetrate.
    • perforate Bored or pierced through: penetrated.
    • perforate Specifically— In botany, pierced with one or more small holes, or, more commonly, having translucent dots which resemble holes, as in most plants of the order Hypericineæ.
    • perforate In ornithology, noting the nostril of a bird when lacking a nasal septum, so that a hole appears from side to side of the bill, as in the turkey-buzzard, crane, etc.
    • perforate In anatomy, open; opened through; affording passage or communication; having the character or quality of a perforation; forminate.
    • perforate In zoology, full of little holes or perforations; cribrose; foraminulate; specifically, of or pertaining to the Perforata: as, a perforate coral; a perforate foraminifer.
    • perforate Of the shells of gastropod mollusks, having a tubular cavity extending through the columella from the umbilicus to the apex: contrasted with imperforate, in which case the columella is solid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Perforate pėr′fō-rāt to bore through: to pierce: to make a hole through
    • Perforate (bot.) pierced with holes: having transparent dots, as the leaves of certain flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. perforatus, p. p. of perforare, to perforate; per, through + forare, to bore. See Bore (v.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. perforāre, -ātumper, through, forāre, to bore.


In literature:

Upon the whole, though there be a few uncomfortably looking perforations of the worm, this is a very charming copy.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Two" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Within this husk is placed a metallic vessel with perforated sides.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 633, February 18, 1888" by Various
Look here,' said the speaker, pointing to a small circular perforation in his side, which had been neatly patched.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
Here is a shepherd-boy playing on his "zimmara" or pipe, made of two reeds tied together and perforated.
"The Women of the Arabs" by Henry Harris Jessup
Heat is applied by the introduction of steam through a series of perforated pipes arranged in the bottom of the tank.
"The Lobster Fishery of Maine." by John N. Cobb
The upper part of this bag is made of silver perforated paper.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, Nov 1877-Nov 1878" by Various
A spick-and-span cupboard, with a perforated tin front, stood over against the wall.
"Everychild" by Louis Dodge
I ain't goin' ter tell yer what I think o' her fer fear o' gittin' perforated.
"Beth Norvell" by Randall Parrish
It rested upon a perforated flange below the burner.
"Artificial Light" by M. Luckiesh
Again, artificially prepared perforations are used, through which the fillets are passed.
"A Study Of The Textile Art In Its Relation To The Development Of Form And Ornament" by William H. Holmes

In poetry:

In the ‘Gangster’s last Bluff’ she said, “I’ve had enough,
I’ll just say good-bye to the flickers”
For the gangsters shot holes in her new camisoles
And then perforated her - undies.
"The Sobstuff Sister" by Billy Bennett
I dress the perforated shoulder, the foot with the bullet-wound,
Cleanse the one with a gnawing and putrid gangrene, so sickening,
so offensive,
While the attendant stands behind aside me holding the tray and pail.
"The Wound Dresser" by Walt Whitman

In news:

The popular perforated shoes have also inspired a piggyback business.
Schober USA has introduced a compact micro- perforator that is ideal for film, paper, foil, laminates, nonwovens and more.
Schober USA has introduced a compact micro- perforator that is designed for film, paper, foil, laminates, nonwovens and more.
Fairfield, OH-based Schober USA has introduced a compact micro- perforator that is ideal for film, paper, foil, laminates, nonwovens and more.
This imbalance may promote septal ischemia and predispose patients to the development of septal perforations.
The new frameless design has a micro-perforated, edge-to-edge metal grille.
Unlike the basic GoFlex USB and FireWire adapters , the Thunderbolt Adapter has its own little logic board in it, necessitating a full-length chassis (about five inches long) that's perforated for cooling.
Perforated bladder that led to woman's death disputed.
Remove the paper and carve by sawing along the perforated lines.
I love puncturing the perforation in the box and peeling back the cellophane on the two-pack of treats to unveil the sweet smell of dessert.
McMoRan Exploration Co. New Orleans, said it has cleaned out the Davy Jones-1 wellbore on the Gulf of Mexico shelf offshore Louisiana to 28,630 ft, which will enable testing of all 165 ft of Wilcox sand perforations.
Perforated bladder that led to woman's death disputed .
Patients get the same operation whether they have a complex perforation that causes them to become systemically ill with infection or have a less severe case.
In-line cutting, foil patching, scoring, and perforating envelopes for short-runs at speeds of up to 21,000 envelopes per hour.
Perforating to align the charge penetration direction with a feature like the fracture plane or to miss an adjacent string of pipe.

In science:

We say that G has strong perforation if there exists x ∈ G, x /∈ G+ , such that nx ∈ G+ , nx 6= 0 for some natural number n.
Strong perforation in infinitely generated K_0-groups of simple C*-algebras
We construct simple, separable, unital C ∗ -algebras with strongly perforated K0 -groups group isomorphic to an arbitrary infinitely generated subgroup of the rationals, and determine the order structure on K0 in each case.
Strong perforation in infinitely generated K_0-groups of simple C*-algebras
Elliott, G. A., Villadsen, J., Perforated ordered K0 -groups, Canad. J.
Strong perforation in infinitely generated K_0-groups of simple C*-algebras
Toms, A., Strongly perforated K0 -groups of simple C ∗ -algebras, Canad.
Strong perforation in infinitely generated K_0-groups of simple C*-algebras
Villadsen, J., Simple C ∗ -algebras with perforation, J.
Strong perforation in infinitely generated K_0-groups of simple C*-algebras