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 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.
- pierce·a·ble, adjective
- piercer, noun
- un·pierce·a·ble, adjective
Other definitions for Pierce (2 of 2)
Franklin, 1804–69, 14th president of the U.S. 1853–57.
John Robinson, 1910–2002, U.S. electrical engineer: helped develop communications satellites.
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How to use pierce in a sentence
Trains generate so much noise that the deep waves can pierce through.Vibrations from trains could help seismologists peer underground | Rahul Rao | February 1, 2021 | Popular-Science
The outage shows the need for backup plans for businesses and schools relying so heavily on it, pierce said.Big Internet outages hit the East Coast, causing issues for Verizon, Zoom, Slack, Gmail | Rachel Lerman | January 26, 2021 | Washington Post
pierce canceled his inaugural ball and entered office grieving and exhausted.Not all presidents’ dance skills are created equal | Bonnie Berkowitz, Joanne Lee | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
The Rams established control after the break, piercing the Mason defense for easy baskets and forcing the hosts into turnovers and missed shots.Chaos in D.C. sparked an important conversation before George Mason’s loss to rival VCU | Steven Goff | January 7, 2021 | Washington Post
Its leaves produce sugars by photosynthesis, but instead of roots, it has structures that pierce the host tree’s vital tissues to suck out nutrients and water.
She had low-grade blood poisoning in her ear from the pin she used to pierce it.‘My Crazy Love’ Reveals the Craziest Lies People Tell for Love | Kevin Fallon | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
pierce BROSNAN The Irish actor and ex-James Bond—whose father was Scottish—is cool either way.Celebs Pick Sides on Scotland Referendum: Sean Connery, Andy Murray, Prince Harry, and More | Marlow Stern | September 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Murphy rarely mentions the law in his appearances in this district running from north of Palm Beach to Fort pierce.
pierce sounded genuinely anguished about the unintended consequences of the bill he supported.Republicans Go From Anti-Gay to No Way on Arizona Bill | Eleanor Clift | February 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I thought you were a hoot on Community as the lawyer for the estate of pierce.Kentucky’s Finest Antihero: Walton Goggins on Justified’s Chameleon Villain | Allen Barra | February 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If the hunter venture to come close to such a monster, and his dagger fail to pierce the vital spot, there is no help for him.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
Loftily pierce the tall white minarets into the quivering heavens, while the solemn cypress throws its shade below.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
But one morning the sky was gray and gloomy, and the sun could not pierce through the heavy clouds.The Later Cave-Men | Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
The vociferous tones pierce my ears, and my heart bleeds at his meaningless declamation.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
No cry of tormented soul shall pierce these walls of stone, much less the heart of man.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
British Dictionary definitions for pierce (1 of 2)
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 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 sharply: the cold pierced their bones
(intr) to penetrate or be capable of penetrating: piercing cold
- pierceable, adjective
- piercer, noun
British Dictionary definitions for Pierce (2 of 2)
Franklin. 1804–69, US statesman; 14th president of the US (1853–57)
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