What does pierce mean?

Definitions for pierce
pɪərspierce

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pierce.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Pierce, Franklin Pierce, President Pierce(verb)

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

  2. pierce(verb)

    cut or make a way through

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

  3. pierce(verb)

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

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

  4. pierce(verb)

    sound sharply or shrilly

    "The scream pierced the night"

  5. pierce, thrust(verb)

    penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument

  6. pierce(verb)

    make a hole into

    "The needle pierced her flesh"

Wiktionary

  1. pierce(Verb)

    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. pierce(Verb)

    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. pierce(Verb)

    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. Pierce(ProperNoun)

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

  5. Pierce(ProperNoun)

    A patronymic surname.

  6. Pierce(ProperNoun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pierce(verb)

    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. Pierce(verb)

    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. Pierce(verb)

    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. Pierce(verb)

    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.]

Anagrams for pierce »

  1. recipe

  2. Peirce

How to pronounce pierce?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Indian

How to say pierce in sign language?

Numerology

  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. 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.

  2. Austin Rivers:

    It is Paul Pierce ankle, which is good news, because when Paul Pierce went down I thought it was Paul Pierce knee, of course, Los Angeles Lakers ' fans thought Los Angeles Lakers ' fans were going to bring out the wheelchair at some point, but Los Angeles Lakers ' fans didn't do that, so that was good.

  3. Bob Dylan:

    If the point is sharp, and the arrow is swift, it can pierce through the dust no matter how thick.

  4. Sandria Godwin:

    If there’s bacteria on the surface of a cut of meat, the small tines that pierce the meat could push the bacteria inside, or create more avenues for bacteria to transfer to the inside of the meat.

  5. 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.

Images & Illustrations of pierce

  1. piercepiercepiercepiercepierce

Popularity rank by frequency of use

pierce#1#8975#10000

Translations for pierce

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for pierce »

Translation

Find a translation for the pierce definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these pierce definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "pierce." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 19 Jun 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/pierce>.

    Are we missing a good definition for pierce? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    heighten or intensify
    • A. inspire
    • B. attend
    • C. conform
    • D. fudge

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for pierce: