What does pierce mean?

Definitions for pierce
pɪərspierce

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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

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How to say pierce in sign language?

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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. Linda Rosenthal:

    Though it may seem inconceivable that anyone would tattoo or pierce their dog or cat, a quick Internet search reveals that it is a growing trend among some misguided individuals.

  2. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.

  3. Colin Jost:

    We're proud to be the first duo hosting The Emmys since Jenna Elfman and David Hyde Pierce, and somehow The Emmys's The Emmys.

  4. 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.

  5. Susan Maples:

    I worry about the long-term effects of a video like this, teeth are the only part of the ectoderm that does not replenish or heal itself— once it’s gone, it’s gone. You can color your hair, you can pierce your skin, damage your nail, shave an eyebrow— all of that comes back.

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