perforate

When you perforate something, you make a hole in it, like when you poke holes in a piece of aluminum foil to let steam escape while something is cooking.

The word perforate has origins in the Latin word perforatus, the past participle of perforare, meaning “to bore through.” When you perforate something that’s essentially what you do: you bore through it, or punch a hole or holes in it like paper you perforate to fit the rings on your binder, or a leather belt that has been perforated with holes so that you can buckle it.

DEFINITIONS OF: perforate

1

v make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation

perforate the sheets of paper”
Synonyms:
punch
Type of:
pierce
make a hole into

v pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

Synonyms:
penetrate
Types:
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dig into, poke into, probe
examine physically with or as if with a probe
cut
penetrate injuriously
interpenetrate, permeate
penetrate mutually or be interlocked
strike
pierce with force
break
pierce or penetrate
foray
briefly enter enemy territory
poke into
enter briefly
creep in, sneak in
enter surreptitiously
diffuse, imbue, interpenetrate, penetrate, permeate, pervade, riddle
spread or diffuse through
honeycomb
penetrate thoroughly and into every part
pierce
make a hole into
pierce, thrust
penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
pierce
cut or make a way through
tunnel
force a way through
filter, percolate, permeate, sink in
pass through
grain, ingrain
thoroughly work in
immerse, plunge
thrust or throw into
force, storm
take by force
ooze through
run slowly and gradually
invade
penetrate or assault, in a harmful or injurious way
spiritise, spiritize
imbue with a spirit
poke
make a hole by poking
puncture
pierce with a pointed object; make a hole into
riddle
pierce with many holes
gutter
wear or cut gutters into
prick, prickle
make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn
bite
penetrate or cut, as with a knife
stick
pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed
stick
pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument
peg
pierce with a wooden pin or knock or thrust a wooden pin into
break up, pick
attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example
punch
make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation
center punch
make a small hole in something as a guide for a drill
empale, impale, spike, transfix
pierce with a sharp stake or point
horn, tusk
stab or pierce with a horn or tusk
gore
wound by piercing with a sharp or penetrating object or instrument
bite, prick, sting
deliver a sting to
dip, douse, dunk, plunge, souse
immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate
dip
plunge (one's hand or a receptacle) into a container
dip
immerse in a disinfectant solution
submerge, submerse
put under water
soak
submerge in a liquid
sheathe
plunge or bury (a knife or sword) in flesh
lance
pierce with a lance, as in a knights' fight
soak through, sop
be or become thoroughly soaked or saturated with a liquid
tap
pierce in order to draw a liquid from
infiltrate
pass into or through by filtering or permeating
infiltrate
cause (a liquid) to enter by penetrating the interstices
Type of:
come in, enter, get in, get into, go in, go into, move into
to come or go into

adj having a hole cut through

Synonyms:
perforated, pierced, punctured
cut
separated into parts or laid open or penetrated with a sharp edge or instrument

WORD FORMS

v
make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation
1 perforate
adj
having a hole cut through
2 perforate
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