- punctured or perforated, as to form a decorative design: a pendant in pierced copper.
- (of the ear) having the lobe punctured, as for earrings.
- (of an earring) made to be attached, as by a post or wire, through the hole in a pierced ear lobe.
- Heraldry. (of a charge) open at the center to reveal the field: a lozenge pierced.
Origin of pierced
- to penetrate into or run through (something), as a sharp, pointed dagger, object, or instrument does.
- to make a hole or opening in.
- to bore into or through; tunnel.
- to perforate.
- to make (a hole, opening, etc.) by or as by boring or perforating.
- to make a way or path into or through: a road that pierces the dense jungle.
- to penetrate with the eye or mind; see into or through: She couldn't pierce his thoughts.
- to affect sharply with some sensation or emotion, as of cold, pain, or grief: The wind pierced her body. Her words pierced our hearts.
- to sound sharply through (the air, stillness, etc.): A pistol shot pierced the night.
- to force or make a way into or through something; penetrate: to pierce to the heart.
Origin of pierce
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Examples from the Web for pierced
Your HR person is as likely to be as pierced as your barista.This One Picture of Telly Savalas Refutes All Fears That Progress Has Ended
October 30, 2014
She also commented on what might be her most distinguishing feature, her pierced nose.Meet Montana's Nose-Ringed Candidate for the U.S. Senate
August 15, 2014
As unlucky as Gama was to have been hit, he was incredibly lucky that neither bullet had pierced his skull into his brain.Easter Miracle in Brooklyn for Shooting Victim
April 20, 2014
Instead of blonde and bubbly, the women tend to be tattoed and pierced.Porn's Behind-the-Camera Feminists
February 26, 2014
But the air was pierced by an even more dangerous and unsettling sound—the sound of counter-revolution.The GOP’s Real Ted Nugent Problem
February 22, 2014
He gin Submit a look that pierced clear to her heart (so they say).Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
She fixed her eyes upon me with a look that pierced me to the heart; and yet it made me smile.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
He states that they pierced a plank, an inch thick, with a bullet made of mercury.The Field of Ice
While in this position he fell, pierced through the body with a rifle bullet.Cleveland Past and Present
The other is a man's, sun-burned, discoloured, and also pierced for an earring.
- to form or cut (a hole) in (something) with or as if with a sharp instrument
- to thrust into or penetrate sharply or violentlythe thorn pierced his heel
- to force (a way, route, etc) through (something)
- (of light) to shine through or penetrate (darkness)
- (also intr) 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 sharplythe cold pierced their bones
- (intr) to penetrate or be capable of penetratingpiercing cold
- Franklin. 1804–69, US statesman; 14th president of the US (1853–57)
Word Origin and History for pierced
c.1400, past participle adjective from pierce (v.).
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.