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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"


  1. pierce(Verb)

    to puncture; to break through

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

  2. pierce(Verb)

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

    Can you believe he pierced his tongue?

  3. pierce(Verb)

    to break or interrupt abruptly

    A scream pierced the darkness.

  4. Pierce(ProperNoun)

    , medieval variant of Piers. Modern usage may also derive from the surname.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pierce(verb)

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

  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

  3. Pierce(verb)

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

  4. Pierce(verb)

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

  5. Origin: [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.]

Anagrams for pierce »

  1. recipe

  2. Peirce

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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. George Santayana:

    Nothing can so pierce the soul as the uttermost sigh of the body.

  2. Pramod Giri:

    Fortunately, the rod did not pierce any major blood vessels in the brain.

  3. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

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

  4. Bob Dylan:

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

  5. 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.

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