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Meaning of PIERCE

Pronunciation:  peers, peeus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  14th President of the United States (1804-1869)
  2. [v]  make a hole into; "The needle pierced her flesh"
  3. [v]  penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
  4. [v]  cut or make a way through; "the knife cut through the flesh"; "The path pierced the jungle"; "Light pierced through the forest"
  5. [v]  move or affect (a person's emotions, bodily feelings, etc.) deeply or sharply; "The cold pierced her bones"; "Her words pierced the students"
  6. [v]  sound sharply or shrilly; "The scream pierced the night"

PIERCE is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: Franklin Pierce, President Pierce, thrust
 See Also: affect, bite, break, break up, center punch, Chief Executive, cut, empale, gore, horn, impale, impress, lance, move, peg, penetrate, perforate, pick, poke, President, President of the United States, prick, punch, puncture, riddle, sound, spike, stick, sting, strike, tap, transfix, tusk



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pierce\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pierced}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Piercing}.] [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. To thrust into, penetrate, or transfix, with a pointed
       instrument. ``I pierce . . . her tender side.'' --Dryden.
    2. 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. Fig.: To penetrate; to affect deeply; as, to pierce a
       mystery. ``Pierced with grief.'' --Pope.
             Can no prayers pierce thee?           --Shak.
  2. \Pierce\, v. i.
    To enter; to penetrate; to make a way into or through
    something, as a pointed instrument does; -- used literally
    and figuratively.
          And pierced to the skin, but bit no more. --Spenser.
          She would not pierce further into his meaning. --Sir P.
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