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[peers] /pɪərs/
Franklin, 1804–69, 14th president of the U.S. 1853–57.
John Robinson, 1910–2002, U.S. electrical engineer: helped develop communications satellites.
a male given name, form of Peter. Unabridged
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  • franklin pierce was so deeply interested in military affairs that it was a pity he should not have had a West Point cadetship.

  • Like master, like man, franklin pierce was mentally as small as his secretary.

    By-Ways of War James Jeffrey Roche
  • Such was the task of franklin pierce, the new leader, who had not known personally the fears and dislikes of earlier days.

    Expansion and Conflict William E. Dodd
  • franklin pierce was a frequent auditor of these controversies.

    Sketches and Studies Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • franklin pierce was chosen, and slavery could have had no better man.

    Abraham Lincoln, Vol. I. John T. Morse
  • Such, at all events, will be the attitude of franklin pierce.

    Sketches and Studies Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Longfellow was a classmate of Hawthorne in college, and franklin pierce was his most intimate friend.

    Genius in Sunshine and Shadow Maturin Murray Ballou
  • Then he told stories of his college life, and of his one sole intimate, franklin pierce, whom he loved devotedly his life long.

    Yesterdays with Authors James T. Fields
British Dictionary definitions for franklin pierce


verb (mainly transitive)
to form or cut (a hole) in (something) with or as if with a sharp instrument
to thrust into or penetrate sharply or violently: the thorn pierced his heel
to force (a way, route, etc) through (something)
(of light) to shine through or penetrate (darkness)
(also intransitive) to discover or realize (something) suddenly or (of an idea) to become suddenly apparent
(of sounds or cries) to sound sharply through (the silence)
to move or affect (a person's emotions, bodily feelings, etc) deeply or sharply: the cold pierced their bones
(intransitive) to penetrate or be capable of penetrating: piercing cold
Derived Forms
pierceable, adjective
piercer, noun
Word Origin
C13 percen, from Old French percer, ultimately from Latin pertundere, from per through + tundere to strike


Franklin. 1804–69, US statesman; 14th president of the US (1853–57)
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Word Origin and History for franklin pierce



late 13c. "make a hole in; force one's way through," from Anglo-French perser, Old French percier "pierce, transfix, drive through" (12c., Modern French percer), probably from Vulgar Latin *pertusiare, frequentative of Latin pertusus, past participle of pertundere "to thrust or bore through," from per- "through" (see per) + tundere "to beat, pound," from PIE *tund-, from root *(s)teu- "to push, strike, knock, beat, thrust" (see obtuse). Related: Pierced; piercing.

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