What does Pierce mean?

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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"


  1. pierceverb

    to puncture; to break through

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

  2. pierceverb

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

    Can you believe he pierced his tongue?

  3. pierceverb

    to break or interrupt abruptly

    A scream pierced the darkness.

  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.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PIERCEverb

    Etymology: percer, Fr.

    Steed threatens steed in high and boastful neighs,
    Piercing the night’s dull ear. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    The love of money is the root of all evil; which while some coveted after, they have pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Tim. vi. 10.

    With this fatal sword, on which I dy’d,
    I pierce her open’d back or tender side. Dryden.

    The glorious temple shall arise,
    And with new lustre pierce the neighb’ring skies. Matthew Prior.

    Did your letters pierce the queen;
    She read them in my presence,
    And now and then an ample tear trill’d down. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Pierceverb

    Her sighs will make a batt’ry in his breast;
    Her tears will pierce into a marble heart. William Shakespeare.

    There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword; but the tongue of the wise is health. Proverbs xii. 18.

    Short arrows, called sprights, without any other heads, save wood sharpened, were discharged out of muskets, and would pierce through the sides of ships, where a bullet would not pierce. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Say, she be mute, and will not speak a word;
    Then I’ll commend her volubility;
    And say she uttereth piercing eloquence. William Shakespeare.

    She would not pierce further into his meaning, than himself should declare, so would she interpret all his doings to be accomplished in goodness. Sidney, b. ii.

    All men knew Nathaniel to be an Israelite; but our Saviour piercing deeper, giveth further testimony of him than men could have done. Richard Hooker, b. iii. s. 1.

    They provide more piercing statutes daily to chain up the poor. William Shakespeare.


  1. pierce

    To puncture or make a hole in something, typically using a sharp or pointed object or instrument. This can also refer to penetrating or succeeding in making an impact in a figurative sense, such as a sharp sound piercing the silence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pierceverb

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

  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

  3. Pierceverb

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

  4. Pierceverb

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

  5. 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.]


  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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pierce is ranked #202 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Pierce surname appeared 138,629 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 47 would have the surname Pierce.

    80.9% or 112,262 total occurrences were White.
    12.8% or 17,828 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 3,424 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 2,911 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 1,469 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 735 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Peirce

  2. recipe

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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. Eric Angely:

    David Pottier said of United States. Thepandemic has wreaked havoc across the world, infecting 6.6 million people, killing over 391,000 and devastating economies.It poses a particular threat to the elderly like the surviving D-Day veterans who are in their late nineties or older. It has also affected the younger generations who turn out every year to mark the occasion. Most have been barred from traveling to the windswept coasts of American Normandy. In this photo taken on Thursday, June 4, 2020, two people stop to look at an information board at Omaha Beach in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, American Normandy, France. In sharp contrast to the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this year's 76th will be one of the loneliest remembrances ever, as the coronavirus pandemic is keeping nearly everyone from traveling. ( AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) Some 160,000 soldiers made the perilous crossing from England that day in atrocious conditions, storming dunes which they knew were heavily defended by German troops determined to hold their positions. Somehow, they succeeded. Yet they left a trail of thousands of casualties who have been mourned for generations since. Last year stood out, with U.S. President Donald Trump joining his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach. A smattering of veterans were honored with the highest accolades. All across the beaches of American Normandy tens of thousands came from across the globe to pay their respects to the dead and laud the surviving soldiers. The acrid smell of wartime-era jeep exhaust fumes and the rumble of old tanks filled the air as parades of vintages vehicles went from village to village. The tiny roads between the dunes, hedges and apple orchards were clogged for hours, if not days. FILE - In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, French Donald Trump Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Macron, watch a flyover during a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the American Normandy cemetery, in Colleville-sur-Mer, American Normandy, France. In sharp contrast to the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this year's 76th will be one of the loneliest remembrances ever, as the coronavirus pandemic is keeping nearly everyone from traveling. ( AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) Heading into the D-Day remembrance weekend this year, only the salty brine coming off the ocean on Omaha Beach hits the nostrils, the shrieks of seagulls pierce the ears and a sense of desolation hangs across the regions country roads. Last year this place was full with jeeps, trucks, people dressed up as soldiers.

  2. The Rock : Dwayne Johnson:

    Pierce Brosnan Dr. Fate unwavering support and relentless excitement for this passion project of mine has meant the world to me. Now it's my turn to deliver for Pierce Brosnan Dr. Fate. The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is changing.

  3. 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.

  4. Pierce College:

    When I attempted to hand out copies of the Constitution that day, my only intention was to get students thinking about our founding principles and to inspire discussion of liberty and free speech, i had no idea I would be called upon to defend those very ideals against Pierce’s unconstitutional campus policies.

  5. Salvador Dalí:

    What is a television apparatus to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen, who has only to imagine in order to pierce through walls and cause all the planetary Baghdad's of his dreams to rise from the dust.

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