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pierce

[ peers ]
/ pɪərs /
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verb (used with object), pierced, pierc·ing.
verb (used without object), pierced, pierc·ing.
to force or make a way into or through something; penetrate: to pierce to the heart.
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Origin of pierce

1250–1300; Middle English percen<Old French perc(i)er<Vulgar Latin *pertūsiāre, verbal derivative of Latin pertūsus, past participle of pertundere to bore a hole through, perforate, equivalent to per-per- + tundere to strike, beat

synonym study for pierce

1. Pierce, penetrate suggest the action of one object passing through another or making a way through and into another. The terms are used both concretely and figuratively. To pierce is to perforate quickly, as by stabbing; it suggests the use of a sharp, pointed instrument which is impelled by force: to pierce the flesh with a knife; a scream pierces one's ears. Penetrate suggests a slow or difficult movement: No ordinary bullet can penetrate an elephant's hide; to penetrate the depths of one's ignorance.

OTHER WORDS FROM pierce

pierce·a·ble, adjectivepiercer, nounun·pierce·a·ble, adjective

Other definitions for pierce (2 of 2)

Pierce
[ peers ]
/ pɪərs /

noun
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 pierce (1 of 2)

pierce
/ (pɪəs) /

verb (mainly tr)

Derived forms of pierce

pierceable, 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 pierce (2 of 2)

Pierce
/ (pɪəs) /

noun
Franklin. 1804–69, US statesman; 14th president of the US (1853–57)
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