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pierce

 (pîrs)
v. pierced, pierc·ing, pierc·es
v.tr.
1. To cut or pass through with or as if with a sharp instrument; stab or penetrate.
2. To make a hole or opening in; perforate.
3. To make a way through: The path pierced the wilderness.
4. To sound sharply through: His shout pierced the din.
5. To succeed in penetrating (something) with the eyes or the intellect: Large glowing yellow eyes pierced the darkness.
v.intr.
To penetrate into or through something: The rocket pierced through space.

[Middle English percen, from Old French percer, probably from Vulgar Latin *pertūsiāre, from Latin pertūsus, past participle of pertundere, to bore through : per-, per- + tundere, to beat.]

pierc′er n.
pierc′ing adj.
pierc′ing·ly adv.

pierce

(pɪəs)
vb (mainly tr)
1. to form or cut (a hole) in (something) with or as if with a sharp instrument
2. to thrust into or penetrate sharply or violently: the thorn pierced his heel.
3. to force (a way, route, etc) through (something)
4. (of light) to shine through or penetrate (darkness)
5. (also intr) to discover or realize (something) suddenly or (of an idea) to become suddenly apparent
6. (of sounds or cries) to sound sharply through (the silence)
7. to move or affect (a person's emotions, bodily feelings, etc) deeply or sharply: the cold pierced their bones.
8. (intr) to penetrate or be capable of penetrating: piercing cold.
[C13 percen, from Old French percer, ultimately from Latin pertundere, from per through + tundere to strike]
ˈpierceable adj
ˈpiercer n

Pierce

(pɪəs)
n
(Biography) Franklin. 1804–69, US statesman; 14th president of the US (1853–57)

pierce

(pɪərs)

v. pierced, pierc•ing. v.t.
1. to penetrate (something), as a pointed object does.
2. to make a hole or opening in; perforate.
3. to make (a hole or opening) by or as if by boring or perforating.
4. to force or make a way into or through: a road that pierces the jungle.
5. to penetrate with the eye or mind.
6. to affect sharply with some sensation or emotion, as pain.
7. to sound sharply through (the air, stillness, etc.), as a cry.
v.i.
8. to force or make a way into or through something.
[1250–1300; Middle English percen < Old French perc(i)er < Vulgar Latin *pertūsiāre, v. derivative of Latin pertūsus, past participle of pertundere to bore a hole through, perforate =per- per- + tundere to strike, beat]
pierce′a•ble, adj.
pierc′er, n.

Pierce

(pɪərs)

n.
Franklin, 1804–69, 14th president of the U.S. 1853–57.

pierce

  • sashimi - Thinly sliced raw fish with a sauce, it is a compound formed from sashi, "pierce," and mi, "flesh."
  • point - "Sharp end" is the etymological notion underlying point, from Latin pungere, "pierce, prick."
  • stake - Meaning "post," it comes from a Germanic base meaning "pierce, prick."
  • stick - Comes from Germanic meaning "be sharp, pierce, prick"; the piercing notion led to "becoming fixed in something" and then "adhering."

pierce


Past participle: pierced
Gerund: piercing

Imperative
pierce
pierce
Present
I pierce
you pierce
he/she/it pierces
we pierce
you pierce
they pierce
Preterite
I pierced
you pierced
he/she/it pierced
we pierced
you pierced
they pierced
Present Continuous
I am piercing
you are piercing
he/she/it is piercing
we are piercing
you are piercing
they are piercing
Present Perfect
I have pierced
you have pierced
he/she/it has pierced
we have pierced
you have pierced
they have pierced
Past Continuous
I was piercing
you were piercing
he/she/it was piercing
we were piercing
you were piercing
they were piercing
Past Perfect
I had pierced
you had pierced
he/she/it had pierced
we had pierced
you had pierced
they had pierced
Future
I will pierce
you will pierce
he/she/it will pierce
we will pierce
you will pierce
they will pierce
Future Perfect
I will have pierced
you will have pierced
he/she/it will have pierced
we will have pierced
you will have pierced
they will have pierced
Future Continuous
I will be piercing
you will be piercing
he/she/it will be piercing
we will be piercing
you will be piercing
they will be piercing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been piercing
you have been piercing
he/she/it has been piercing
we have been piercing
you have been piercing
they have been piercing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been piercing
you will have been piercing
he/she/it will have been piercing
we will have been piercing
you will have been piercing
they will have been piercing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been piercing
you had been piercing
he/she/it had been piercing
we had been piercing
you had been piercing
they had been piercing
Conditional
I would pierce
you would pierce
he/she/it would pierce
we would pierce
you would pierce
they would pierce
Past Conditional
I would have pierced
you would have pierced
he/she/it would have pierced
we would have pierced
you would have pierced
they would have pierced
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pierce - 14th President of the United States (1804-1869)Pierce - 14th President of the United States (1804-1869)
Verb1.pierce - cut or make a way through; "the knife cut through the flesh"; "The path pierced the jungle"; "Light pierced through the forest"
penetrate, perforate - pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; "The bullet penetrated her chest"
pick, break up - attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example; "Pick open the ice"
2.pierce - move or affect (a person's emotions or bodily feelings) deeply or sharply; "The cold pierced her bones"; "Her words pierced the students"
impress, strike, affect, move - have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
3.pierce - sound sharply or shrilly; "The scream pierced the night"
sound - give off a certain sound or sounds; "This record sounds scratchy"
4.pierce - penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
penetrate, perforate - pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; "The bullet penetrated her chest"
stick - pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed; "He stuck the needle into his finger"
stick - pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument; "he stuck the cloth with the needle"
peg - pierce with a wooden pin or knock or thrust a wooden pin into
center punch - make a small hole in something as a guide for a drill
empale, impale, spike, transfix - pierce with a sharp stake or point; "impale a shrimp on a skewer"
horn, tusk - stab or pierce with a horn or tusk; "the rhino horned the explorer"
gore - wound by piercing with a sharp or penetrating object or instrument
lance - pierce with a lance, as in a knights' fight
5.pierce - make a hole into; "The needle pierced her flesh"
penetrate, perforate - pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; "The bullet penetrated her chest"
poke - make a hole by poking
puncture - pierce with a pointed object; make a hole into; "puncture a tire"
riddle - pierce with many holes; "The bullets riddled his body"
prick, prickle - make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn; "The nurse pricked my finger to get a small blood sample"
bite - penetrate or cut, as with a knife; "The fork bit into the surface"
perforate, punch - make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation; "perforate the sheets of paper"
sting, bite, prick - deliver a sting to; "A bee stung my arm yesterday"
tap - pierce in order to draw a liquid from; "tap a maple tree for its syrup"; "tap a keg of beer"

pierce

verb
1. penetrate, stab, spike, enter, bore, probe, drill, run through, lance, puncture, prick, transfix, stick into, perforate, impale Pierce the skin of the potato with a fork.
3. hurt, cut, wound, strike, touch, affect, pain, move, excite, stir, thrill, sting, rouse, cut to the quick Her words pierced Lydia's heart like an arrow.

pierce

verb
1. To penetrate with a sharp edge:
2. To make a hole or other opening in:
3. To pass into or through by overcoming resistance:
Translations
propíchnoutprobodnout
gennembore
lävistää
probosti
átlyukasztbehatol
stinga gat ástinga í
穴をあける
구멍을 뚫다
padaryti skylęperdurtiperskrostišaižumasskvarbiai
izdurtizdurtiesizlauzties cauriizurbtizurbties
prebosti
tränga igenom
เจาะ
delmekyarıp içine girmek
xuyên thủng

pierce

[pɪəs] VT (= puncture) → perforar; (= go right through) → atravesar, traspasar; (= make hole in) → agujerear (fig) [sound] → desgarrar, penetrar
the broken rib pierced his lungla costilla rota le perforó el pulmón
the thorn pierced his heella espina se le clavó en el talón
the dagger pierced her heart/the armourel puñal le atravesó el corazón/atravesó la armadura
to pierce a hole in sthhacer un agujero en algo
to have one's ears piercedhacerse los agujeros de las orejas
a nail pierced the tyreun clavo pinchó el neumático
a cry pierced the silenceun grito desgarró or penetró el silencio
a light pierced the darknessuna luz hendió la oscuridad
the cold pierced their bonesel frío les penetraba hasta los huesos
the news pierced him to the heartla noticia le hirió en el alma

pierce

[ˈpɪərs] vt [+ skin] → percer; [+ chest] → transpercer
to have one's ears pierced → se faire percer les oreilles
She's going to have her ears pierced → Elle va se faire percer les oreilles.
to pierce a hole in sth → percer un trou dans qch

pierce

vtdurchstechen; (knife, spear) → durchstoßen, durchbohren; (bullet) → durchbohren; (fig: sound, coldness etc) → durchdringen; to pierce a hole in somethingetw durchstechen; to have or get one’s ears/nose piercedsich (dat)die Ohren/Nase durchstechen lassen; to pierce something through (and through) (lit, fig)etw durchbohren; the news pierced him to the heartdie Nachricht traf ihn bis ins Herz

pierce

[pɪəs] vt (gen) → bucare, forare; (subj, cold, wind) → penetrare; (shriek, light) → squarciare; (arrow) → trafiggere
to have one's ears pierced → farsi fare i buchi per gli orecchini

pierce

(piəs) verb
1. (of pointed objects) to go into or through (something). The arrow pierced his arm; A sudden light pierced the darkness.
2. to make a hole in or through (something) with a pointed object. Pierce the lid before removing it from the jar.
ˈpiercing adjective
1. loud; shrill. a piercing scream.
2. (of cold weather, winds etc) sharp; intense. a piercing wind; piercing cold.
3. looking intently or sharply as though able to see through things. piercing eyes; a piercing glance.
ˈpiercingly adverb
ˈpiercingness noun

pierce

يَخْرِق propíchnout gennembore durchstechen διατρυπώ agujerear lävistää percer probosti perforare 穴をあける 구멍을 뚫다 doordringen gjennomhulle przebić furar прокалывать tränga igenom เจาะ delmek xuyên thủng 刺穿

pierce

v. agujerear, perforar.

pierce

vt perforar
References in classic literature ?
Burdened with the guilty consciousness of the sequestered tarts, and fearing that Dodo's sharp eyes would pierce the thin disguise of cambric and merino which hid their booty, the little sinners attached themselves to `Dranpa', who hadn't his spectacles on.
Glancing his eyes around, with a vain effort to pierce the gloom that was thickening beneath the leafy arches of the forest, he felt as if, cut off from human aid, his unresisting companions would soon lie at the entire mercy of those barbarous enemies, who, like beasts of prey, only waited till the gathering darkness might render their blows more fatally certain.
But the nightly moonshine interwove itself with the morning mist, and enveloped him as in a robe, which he hugged about his person, and seldom let realities pierce through; he was not often quite awake, but slept open-eyed, and perhaps fancied himself most dreaming then.
It is worse; for you cannot sit motionless in the heart of these perils, because the boat is rocking like a cradle, and you are pitched one way and the other, without the slightest warning; and only by a certain self-adjusting buoyancy and simultaneousness of volition and action, can you escape being made a Mazeppa of, and run away with where the all-seeing sun himself could never pierce you out.
I tell you, Eliza, that a sword will pierce through your soul for every good and pleasant thing your child is or has; it will make him worth too much for you to keep.
It was a pine wood, with so thick and soft a carpet of brown needles that one's footfall made no more sound than if he were treading on wool; the tree-trunks were as round and straight and smooth as pillars, and stood close together; they were bare of branches to a point about twenty-five feet above-ground, and from there upward so thick with boughs that not a ray of sunlight could pierce through.
A terrible sorrow had fallen upon him when he had been happy and he had let his soul fill itself with blackness and had refused obstinately to allow any rift of light to pierce through.
He was endeavouring to pierce the darkness with his ferret eyes, when the chimes of a neighbouring church struck the four quarters.
First, I will pierce through the root of your tongue, so that you cannot squeal, then I will cut you to pieces slowly, bit by bit, and in the morning I will tell the people that the spirits did it because you lied.
Take all that you have asked,'' said he, ``Sir Knight take ten times more reduce me to ruin and to beggary, if thou wilt, nay, pierce me with thy poniard, broil me on that furnace, but spare my daughter, deliver her in safety and honour
When this shower of arrows was over, I fell a groaning with grief and pain; and then striving again to get loose, they discharged another volley larger than the first, and some of them attempted with spears to stick me in the sides; but by good luck I had on a buff jerkin, which they could not pierce.
Then all was peace, all friendship, all concord; as yet the dull share of the crooked plough had not dared to rend and pierce the tender bowels of our first mother that without compulsion yielded from every portion of her broad fertile bosom all that could satisfy, sustain, and delight the children that then possessed her.