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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Pierce, Franklin Pierce, President Pierceverb

    14th President of the United States (1804-1869)

  2. pierceverb

    cut or make a way through

    "the knife cut through the flesh"; "The path pierced the jungle"; "Light pierced through the forest"

  3. pierceverb

    move or affect (a person's emotions or bodily feelings) deeply or sharply

    "The cold pierced her bones"; "Her words pierced the students"

  4. pierceverb

    sound sharply or shrilly

    "The scream pierced the night"

  5. pierce, thrustverb

    penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument

  6. pierceverb

    make a hole into

    "The needle pierced her flesh"

Wiktionary

  1. pierceverb

    to puncture; to break through

    The diver pierced the surface of the water with scarcely a splash.

    Etymology: percier, from its conjugated forms such as pierce, probably from *, from pertusus, past participle of pertundere, from per- + tundere.

  2. pierceverb

    to create a hole in the skin for the purpose of inserting jewelry

    Can you believe he pierced his tongue?

    Etymology: percier, from its conjugated forms such as pierce, probably from *, from pertusus, past participle of pertundere, from per- + tundere.

  3. pierceverb

    to break or interrupt abruptly

    A scream pierced the darkness.

    Etymology: percier, from its conjugated forms such as pierce, probably from *, from pertusus, past participle of pertundere, from per- + tundere.

  4. Piercenoun

    A male given name from Ancient Greek, medieval variant of Piers. Modern usage may also derive from the surname.

  5. Piercenoun

    A patronymic surname.

  6. Piercenoun

    A city, the county seat of Pierce County, Nebraska, United States.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pierceverb

    to thrust into, penetrate, or transfix, with a pointed instrument

    Etymology: [OE. percen, F. percer, OF. percier, perchier, parchier; perh. fr. (assumed) LL. pertusiare for pertusare, fr. L. pertundere, pertusum, to beat, push, bore through; per through + tundere to beat: cf. OF. pertuisier to pierce, F. pertuis a hole. Cf. Contuse, Parch, Pertuse.]

  2. Pierceverb

    to penetrate; to enter; to force a way into or through; to pass into or through; as, to pierce the enemy's line; a shot pierced the ship

    Etymology: [OE. percen, F. percer, OF. percier, perchier, parchier; perh. fr. (assumed) LL. pertusiare for pertusare, fr. L. pertundere, pertusum, to beat, push, bore through; per through + tundere to beat: cf. OF. pertuisier to pierce, F. pertuis a hole. Cf. Contuse, Parch, Pertuse.]

  3. Pierceverb

    fig.: To penetrate; to affect deeply; as, to pierce a mystery

    Etymology: [OE. percen, F. percer, OF. percier, perchier, parchier; perh. fr. (assumed) LL. pertusiare for pertusare, fr. L. pertundere, pertusum, to beat, push, bore through; per through + tundere to beat: cf. OF. pertuisier to pierce, F. pertuis a hole. Cf. Contuse, Parch, Pertuse.]

  4. Pierceverb

    to enter; to penetrate; to make a way into or through something, as a pointed instrument does; -- used literally and figuratively

    Etymology: [OE. percen, F. percer, OF. percier, perchier, parchier; perh. fr. (assumed) LL. pertusiare for pertusare, fr. L. pertundere, pertusum, to beat, push, bore through; per through + tundere to beat: cf. OF. pertuisier to pierce, F. pertuis a hole. Cf. Contuse, Parch, Pertuse.]

Freebase

  1. Pierce

    Pierce is a city in Pierce County, Nebraska, United States. It is part of the Norfolk, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,767 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Pierce County.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pierce

    pērs, v.t. to thrust or make a hole through: to enter, or force a way into: to touch or move deeply: to dive into, as a secret.—v.i. to penetrate.—adj. Pierce′able, capable of being pierced.—n. Pierc′er, one who, or that which, pierces: any sharp instrument used for piercing: a stiletto.—adj. Pierc′ing.—adv. Pierc′ingly.—n. Pierc′ingness. [O. Fr. percer, prob. pertuisierpertuis, a hole—L. pertundĕre, pertusum, to thrust through.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pierce in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pierce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Pierce in a Sentence

  1. David Urban:

    The attorney-client privilege is sacrosanct here. There is the crime fraud exception -- the only time you get to pierce that attorney-client privilege is if there is a crime committed, this is a pretty high bar stuff and we will have to see, but it is an extraordinary step to be taken, for sure.

  2. R Chamberlain:

    Harsh reproof is like a violent storm, soon washed down the channel; but friendly admonitions, like a small shower, pierce deep, and bring forth better reformation.

  3. Lao Tse, In a discussion with Confucious about the true nature of humanity.:

    Give up your relentless moralizing, the continual pinpricks which pierce the skin of your fellows. The distinction between good and evil is the sickness of the mind. Give up your morals, and the people will regain a love of their fellows.

  4. Kyle Rittenhouse:

    I was in jail for 87 days. Lin Wood was raising money on my behalf, and Lin Wood held me in jail for 87 days – disrespected my wishes, put me on media interviews which I should never have done … along with John Pierce ; they said I was safer in jail instead of at home with my family.

  5. Steve Pennaz:

    There was just no way with Pierce Pennaz having Down syndromethat Pierce Pennaz would pass the test, even if Pierce Pennaz could pass the test, Ididnt want Pierce Pennaz to be able to hunt legally without direct supervision.

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