Definitions for pierce
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word pierce.
Pierce, Franklin Pierce, President Pierceverb
14th President of the United States (1804-1869)
cut or make a way through
"the knife cut through the flesh"; "The path pierced the jungle"; "Light pierced through the forest"
move or affect (a person's emotions or bodily feelings) deeply or sharply
"The cold pierced her bones"; "Her words pierced the students"
sound sharply or shrilly
"The scream pierced the night"
penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
make a hole into
"The needle pierced her flesh"
to puncture; to break through
The diver pierced the surface of the water with scarcely a splash.
to create a hole in the skin for the purpose of inserting jewelry
Can you believe he pierced his tongue?
to break or interrupt abruptly
A scream pierced the darkness.
A male given name from Ancient Greek, medieval variant of Piers. Modern usage may also derive from the surname.
A patronymic surname.
A city, the county seat of Pierce County, Nebraska, United States.
Etymology: percier, from its conjugated forms such as pierce, probably from *, from pertusus, past participle of pertundere, from per- + tundere.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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.
to thrust into, penetrate, or transfix, with a pointed instrument
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
fig.: To penetrate; to affect deeply; as, to pierce a mystery
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.]
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
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. pertuisier—pertuis, 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.
The numerical value of pierce in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of pierce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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.
He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.
It’s a missing part of the jigsaw puzzle, which is the structure of our local universe, they have managed to pierce through it and complete the picture of what our part of the universe looks like.
I am...blood. That primordial ooze. Not out there, listeners, in here. Inside this skin we wear, it only lets us think we're something else-- nice clean brains, little talking computers running around in the pursuit of happiness. We pierce this skin and what do we see Warm ooze, protoplasm churning and jesting, defecating, pulsating, life, death.
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.
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Translations for pierce
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- foradarCatalan, Valencian
- durchstechen, piercenGerman
- τρυπώ, τορέω, διαπερνώ, διεισδύωGreek
- puhkaista, lävistääFinnish
- poll, tollIrish
- forare, squarciare, pungere, bucare, perforareItalian
- lumen terebramus acutoLatin
- punktere, trenge gjennom, perforere, ta hullNorwegian
- perfurar, furarPortuguese
- протыкать, проткнуть, прокалывать, проколоть, прерывать, пронзить, пронзатьRussian
- göra hål på, hål, pierca, punktera, brytaSwedish
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