verb (used with object), pierced, pierc·ing.
verb (used without object), pierced, pierc·ing.
Origin of pierce
Synonyms for pierce
Examples from the Web for pierce
Contemporary Examples of pierce
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
November 18, 2014
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
September 19, 2014
Pierce sounded genuinely anguished about the unintended consequences of the bill he supported.Republicans Go From Anti-Gay to No Way on Arizona Bill
February 25, 2014
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
February 11, 2014
In the 1999 film starring Pierce Brosnan, an art thief evades capture by hiding in plain sight.Samantha Lewthwaite: ‘White Widow’ Involved in Kenya Attack?
September 24, 2013
Historical Examples of pierce
No shaft that Percival was able to fashion had point enough to pierce it.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
At the least sound her hands burned and her eyes tried to pierce the darkness.The Dream
In popular usage to pierce with any weapon which remains fixed in the wound.The Devil's Dictionary
Dick, reckless of shell and bullets, tried to pierce the cloud with his eyes.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
His keenest inquiries had been unable to pierce the secret of her birth and station.Leila, Complete
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for 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.