[ 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.
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British Dictionary definitions for franklin pierce (1 of 2)
/ (pɪəs) /
verb (mainly tr)
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
Derived Formspierceable, adjectivepiercer, noun
Word Origin for pierce
C13 percen, from Old French percer, ultimately from Latin pertundere, from per through + tundere to strike
British Dictionary definitions for franklin pierce (2 of 2)
/ (pɪəs) /
Franklin. 1804–69, US statesman; 14th president of the US (1853–57)
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