from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To pierce, punch, or bore a hole or holes in; penetrate.
- transitive v. To pierce or stamp with rows of holes, as those between postage stamps, to allow easy separation.
- intransitive v. To pass into or through something.
- adj. Having been perforated.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Perforated.
- v. To pierce; to penetrate.
- v. To make a line of holes in a thin material to allow separation at the line.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- adj. Pierced with a hole or holes, or with pores; having transparent dots resembling holes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bore through; pierce; make a hole or holes in, as by boring or driving.
- Synonyms Bore through, Pierce, etc. See penetrate.
- Bored or pierced through: penetrated.
- 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.
- 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.
- In anatomy, open; opened through; affording passage or communication; having the character or quality of a perforation; forminate
- In zoology, full of little holes or perforations; cribrose; foraminulate; specifically, of or pertaining to the Perforata: as, a perforate coral; a perforate foraminifer.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
- v. make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation
- adj. having a hole cut through
Latin perforāre, perforāt- : per-, per- + forāre, to bore.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)