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Dictionary Definition

Pierce n : 14th President of the United States (1804-1869) [syn: Franklin Pierce, President Pierce]


1 cut or make a way through; "the knife cut through the flesh"; "The path pierced the jungle"; "Light pierced through the forest"
2 move or affect (a person's emotions, bodily feelings, etc.) deeply or sharply; "The cold pierced her bones"; "Her words pierced the students"
3 sound sharply or shrilly; "The scream pierced the night"
4 penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument [syn: thrust]
5 make a hole into; "The needle pierced her flesh"

User Contributed Dictionary

see Pierce



percier, probably from *pertusiare, from pertusus, pp. of pertundere "to thrust or bore through," from per- "through" + tundere "to beat, pound,".



  1. to puncture; to break through
    The diver pierced the surface of the water with scarcely a splash.
  2. to create a hole in the skin for the purpose of inserting jewelry
    Can you believe he pierced his tongue?
  3. to break or interrupt abruptly
    A scream pierced the darkness.


Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Pierce may refer to:




* Pierce (surname)

Other uses

pierce in German: Pierce
pierce in French: Pierce
pierce in Latvian: Pīrss
pierce in Dutch: Pierce
pierce in Polish: Pierce
pierce in Volapük: Pierce

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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