What does pierce mean?

Definitions for pierce

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

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.

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.]

Matched Categories

Anagrams for pierce »

  1. recipe

  2. Peirce

How to pronounce pierce?

How to say pierce in sign language?


  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. Michael Burton:

    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.

  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. Said Wright:

    I’ve been taking care of my father with dementia and things just got a little tough, so I decided to set out on a kayak trip, packed up the kayak with my fishing rods, cooler, fishing net and set off from Fort Pierce.

  4. Sarah Pierce:

    Historically a lot of these border security measures have used public health as a pretext for discrimination. It's very easy to see how a public health rationale would be used to limit immigration for whatever reason, and I'm not saying that that's actually occurring, but it well could in this particular political climate, not just in the Sarah Pierce, but internationally.

  5. Said Wright:

    Packed up the kayak with my fishing rods, cooler, fishing net and set off from Fort Pierce.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for pierce

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for pierce »


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:



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


    "pierce." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 16 Aug. 2022. <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!


    Are you a words master?

    the part played by a person in bringing about a result
    • A. intelligence
    • B. contribution
    • C. nuisance
    • D. accommodation

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for pierce: