(Per"fla*ble) a. [L. perflabilis. See Perflate.] Capable of being blown through. [Obs.]
(Per*flate") v. t. [L. perflatus, p. p. of perflare to blow through.] To blow through. [Obs.]
(Per*fla"tion) n. [L. perflatio.] The act of perflating. [Obs.] Woodward.
(Per*fo"li*ate) a. [Pref. per- + L. folium leaf.]
1. (Bot.) Having the basal part produced around the stem; said of leaves which the stem apparently
passes directory through.
2. (Zoöl.) Surrounded by a circle of hairs, or projections of any kind.
(Per`fo*ra"ta) n. pl. [NL. See Perforate.] (Zoöl.) (a) A division of corals including those that
have a porous texture, as Porites and Madrepora; opposed to Aporosa. (b) A division of Foraminifera,
including those having perforated shells.
(Per"fo*rate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Perforated (- ra`ted); p. pr. & vb. n. Perforating.] [L. perforatus,
p. p. of perforare to perforate; per through + forare to bore. See Bore, 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. Bacon.
(Per"fo*ra`ted) a. Pierced with a hole or holes, or with pores; having
transparent dots resembling holes.
(Per`fo*ra"tion) n. [Cf. F. perforation.]
1. The act of perforating, or of boring or piercing through. Bacon.
2. A hole made by boring or piercing; an aperture. "Slender perforations." Sir T. Browne.
(Per"fo*ra*tive) a. [Cf. F. perforatif.] Having power to perforate or pierce.
(Per"fo*ra`tor) n. [Cf. F. perforateur.] One who, or that which, perforates; esp., a cephalotome.
(Per*force") adv. [F. par (L. per) + force.] By force; of necessary; at any rate. Shak.
(Per*force"), v. t. To force; to compel. [Obs.]
(Per*form") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Performed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Performing.] [OE. performen,
parfourmen, parfournen, OF. parfornir, parfournir, to finish, complete; OF. & F. par (see Par) + fournir
to finish, complete. The word has been influenced by form; cf. L. performare to form thoroughly. See
1. To carry through; to bring to completion; to achieve; to accomplish; to execute; to do.
I will cry unto God most high, unto God that performeth all things for me.Ps. lvii. 2.
Great force to perform what they did attempt.Sir P. Sidney.
2. To discharge; to fulfill; to act up to; as, to perform a duty; to perform a promise or a vow.
To perform your father's will.Shak.