- pierce's disease,
- pierce, franklin,
- pierce, john,
- piercing saw,
Origin of piercing
verb (used with object), pierced, pierc·ing.
verb (used without object), pierced, pierc·ing.
Origin of pierce
Examples from the Web for piercing
“Hell yeah,” he says with a smile and a piercing, blue-eyed stare.My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star|Emily Shire|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Thunderous sounds announce its arrival, piercing the silence that accompanies sundown in the swampland near Boystown, Liberia.
Sensitive subjects are met with a short burst of laughter, and serious answers are sandwiched between a piercing gaze.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo|Nina Strochlic|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One of the most piercing observations of the article is that while those who had worked with him trusted Welby, no one knew him.
His piercing azure eyes are complemented by a new addition to his appearance: a septum piercing in his nose.‘Boyhood’ Star Ellar Coltrane: An Astonishing Debut 12 Years in the Making|Kevin Fallon|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was an elderly man, with hard features and piercing eyes, who received me almost brutally, as if I had been a criminal.The Clique of Gold|Emile Gaboriau
Montbarts was a young man of about seven or eight-and-twenty, with manly and marked features, and a fixed and piercing eye.The Buccaneer Chief|Gustave Aimard
But over their tumult there came a wild outburst of piercing shrieks.The Scapegoat|Hall Caine
Towards three o'clock in the morning Herbert uttered a piercing cry.The Mysterious Island|Jules Verne
With a piercing yell she turned and fled, and with such precipitancy that she pulled the net off the handle.The Uttermost Farthing|R. Austin Freeman
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for pierce
in reference to cold, sound, etc., early 15c., present participle adjective from pierce (v.). Figuratively, of pain, grief, etc., from late 14c. Related: Piercingly.
late 14c., verbal 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.