- 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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Historical Examples of piercer
They were not long about beginning, and Mars piercer of shields opened the battle.The Iliad
It must be a piercer if it finds its way through your heart, said Mr. Sikes.Oliver Twist, Vol. I (of 3)
"It must be a piercer if it finds its way through your heart," said Mr. Sikes.
She was called Jigerdilla, which signifies "the piercer of hearts."Pretty Michal
The chief enemy of the young oyster is a species of whelk, known in France as the bigourneau, dog whelk, or piercer.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- 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
Word Origin for pierce
- Franklin. 1804–69, US statesman; 14th president of the US (1853–57)
early 15c., agent noun 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.