- to make a hole or holes through (something), as by punching or boring; pierce; penetrate
- to pierce (a sheet of stamps, etc.) with holes in a row
Origin of perforate; from Classical Latin perforatus, past participle of perforare ; from per, through + forare, to bore
verbper·fo·rat·ed, per·fo·rat·ing, per·fo·rates
- To pierce, punch, or bore a hole or holes in; penetrate.
- To pierce or stamp with rows of holes, as those between postage stamps, to allow easy separation.
Origin of perforateLatin perforare, perforat- : per-, per- + forare, to bore.
(third-person singular simple present perforates, present participle perforating, simple past and past participle perforated)
- (philately) perforated
From Latin perforÅ (“I bore or pierce through; I perforate").