verb (used with object), pierced, pierc·ing.
verb (used without object), pierced, pierc·ing.
Origin of pierce
Definition for pierce (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for 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|Kevin Fallon|November 18, 2014|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|DAILY BEAST
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|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|DAILY BEAST
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?|Nico Hines|September 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But this must have been a giant-labour, for it was found necessary to pierce a high mountain for the purpose.Louis Spohr's Autobiography|Louis Spohr
These are hardened in the fire, and sharpened, and when so prepared, they will pierce through armour easier than if made of iron.
It yielded to her touch at once, and Fays hungry eyes tried to pierce through the semi-darkness.Wee Wifie|Rosa Nouchette Carey
The hall opens at the right into an old-fashioned parlor, where hangs a portrait of the mother of President Pierce.Historic Homes|Mary H. Northend
She was leaning forward, trying to pierce the darkness of the road before them.Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall|Jean K. Baird
British Dictionary definitions for pierce (1 of 2)
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for pierce
British Dictionary definitions for pierce (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History 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.