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[pur-fuh-rey-shuh n] /ˌpɜr fəˈreɪ ʃən/

a hole, or one of a series of holes, bored or punched through something, as those between individual postage stamps of a sheet to facilitate separation.
a hole made or passing through a thing.
the act of .
the condition or state of being .
the act of perforating or the state of being perforated
a hole or holes made in something


early 15c., “hole made through something;” mid-15c., “action of perforating,” from Middle French perforation or directly from Late Latin perforationem (nominative perforatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin perforare “bore or pierce through,” from per- “through” (see per) + forare “to pierce” (see bore (v.1)).

perforation per·fo·ra·tion (pûr’fə-rā’shən)


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