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"
Etymologypercier, probably from *pertusiare, from pertusus, pp. of pertundere "to thrust or bore through," from per- "through" + tundere "to beat, pound,".
- Rhymes: -ɪə(r)s
- Finnish: lävistää (1,3), puhkaista (1)
- French: percer (1,2,3)
- Irish: toll
- Jalnguy: nyirrindan
- Korean: 뚫다 (ttulhda)
Pierce may refer to:
- Pierce Manufacturing, an American manufacturer of fire trucks
- Pierce Processing, Inc., an American engineering consulting firm founded by William G. Pierce
- Franklin Pierce Law Center, a law school in Concord, New Hampshire, USA
- Franklin Pierce University, a liberal arts college in Rindge, New Hampshire, USA
People* Pierce (surname)
pierce in German: Pierce
pierce in French: Pierce
pierce in Latvian: Pīrss
pierce in Dutch: Pierce
pierce in Polish: Pierce
pierce in Volapük: Pierce
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