verb (used with object), pierced, piercing.
to penetrate into or run through (something), as a sharp, pointed dagger, object, or instrument does.
to make a hole or opening in.
to bore into or through; tunnel.
to make (a hole, opening, etc.) by or as by boring or perforating.
to make a way or path into or through:
a road that pierces the dense jungle.
to penetrate with the eye or mind; see into or through:
She couldn’t pierce his thoughts.
to affect sharply with some sensation or emotion, as of cold, pain, or grief:
The wind pierced her body. Her words pierced our hearts.
to sound sharply through (the air, stillness, etc.):
A pistol shot pierced the night.
verb (used without object), pierced, piercing.
to force or make a way into or through something; penetrate:
to pierce to the heart.
verb (mainly transitive)
to form or cut (a hole) in (something) with or as if with a sharp instrument
to thrust into or penetrate sharply or violently: the thorn pierced his heel
to force (a way, route, etc) through (something)
(of light) to shine through or penetrate (darkness)
(also intransitive) to discover or realize (something) suddenly or (of an idea) to become suddenly apparent
(of sounds or cries) to sound sharply through (the silence)
to move or affect (a person’s emotions, bodily feelings, etc) deeply or sharply: the cold pierced their bones
(intransitive) to penetrate or be capable of penetrating: piercing cold
Franklin. 1804–69, US statesman; 14th president of the US (1853–57)
early 15c., agent noun from pierce (v.).
late 13c. “make a hole in; force one’s way through,” from Anglo-French perser, Old French percier “pierce, transfix, drive through” (12c., Modern French percer), probably from Vulgar Latin *pertusiare, frequentative of Latin pertusus, past participle of pertundere “to thrust or bore through,” from per- “through” (see per) + tundere “to beat, pound,” from PIE *tund-, from root *(s)teu- “to push, strike, knock, beat, thrust” (see obtuse). Related: Pierced; piercing.
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