• WordNet 3.6
    • adj pierced having a hole cut through "pierced ears","a perforated eardrum","a punctured balloon"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Franklin Pierce was the first U.S. President to have a Christmas tree in the White House
    • a Pierced Penetrated; entered; perforated.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Former U.S. President Franklin Pierce was arrested during his term as President for running over an old lady with his horse, but the charges were later dropped
    • pierced Penetrated; entered by force; perforated.
    • pierced In heraldry:
    • pierced Cut through with an opening not so large as that implied in cleché, and not of the shape of the bearing. The shape of the opening should be stated in the blazon, as triangular, lozengy, etc.; when not stated, the opening is supposed to be circular. Compare quarter-pierced, quarterly pierced, under quarterly.
    • pierced Having an arrow, spear, or other weapon thrust into it but not passing through, as an animal used as a bearing. Compare transfixed.
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  • Isaac Babel
    Isaac Babel
    “No iron can pierce the heart with such force as a period put just at the right place.”
  • St. Augustine
    “Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.”
  • Rita Rudner
    Rita Rudner
    “I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry.”
  • George Eliot
    “Here undoubtedly lies the chief poetic energy: --in the force of imagination that pierces or exalts the solid fact, instead of floating among cloud-pictures.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “He that respects himself is safe from others; He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.”
  • Hosea Ballou
    “Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.”


In literature:

Haldor caught it on his shield, which it pierced through, but did him no hurt.
"Erling the Bold" by R.M. Ballantyne
Augusta Hall caught a glimpse of the piercing blue eyes peering from under the shaggy brows of Bill Hopkins.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
The sorrel, pierced through the shoulder, swerved violently, reared, and plunged, all but unseating his rider.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Screams yet more appalling than those already piercing the gale arose with the movement of the vessel.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
Carolina started the stampede to Pierce, who received 282 votes to 6 for all others.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
These were a pretty little shallow circular dish with a flat-pierced handle.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
The North rang with praises of the Great March, which had pierced like a knife the vitals of the Confederacy.
"History of the United States, Volume 4" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The features were sharp and somewhat aquiline; and the small eye was dark, quick, and piercing.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
It will be presented by Mr. Pierce, after which we will have a general discussion of the entire subject.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
It passed both houses by good majorities and was signed by President Pierce May 30th.
"History of the United States, Volume 3 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews

In poetry:

“Accursed be thou, young Vidrik!
And accurs’d thy piercing steel!
Thou hast given me, see, a wound in my breast,
Whence rise the pains I feel.”
"Vidrik Verlandson (From The Old Danish) " by George Borrow
When worldly wealth, the most I sought,
And when of Death, the least I thought,
Death came unlook'd for with his dart,
And pierc'd me to the very heart.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
'I'll look abroad!--'tis piercing cold!--
How the bleak wind assails his breast!
Yet some faint light mine eyes, behold:
The storm is verging o'er the West.
"Market-Night" by Robert Bloomfield
Lord, thou hast searched and seen me through,
Thine eye commands with piercing view
My rising and my resting hours,
My heart and flesh with all their powers.
"Psalm 139 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Sunnily smiling then :— ah me! that bright look
Pierces my heart, weak flutterer in my bosom,
Soon as I see thy fairness, am I stricken
Silent and breathless;
"Aphrodite (From Sappho)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
As the heart-piercing pupil of the eye,
So sensitive each tear-drop seems to be ;
Like the unwinking pupil of the eye,
Charming my soul, the bright drops look at me.
"The Virgin's Tears" by Leo Alishan

In news:

Steven Powell, in court for the his trial on voyeurism charges in the Pierce County Superior Court, in Tacoma, Wash. View 5 photos.
TUNIS, Tunisia – His face was plastered all over Tunisia, and the message was piercing: An ageless and ubiquitous leader with a seemingly endless grip on power.
Paddlers and others in pedal-driven kayaks cover a grassflat near North Causeway in Fort Pierce early Monday morning.
7 tattoos and 2 piercings.
AP Images/Pierce County Sheriff's Office.
Corporate veil was not pierced.
Police are looking for two women whom they say raided the shelves of the Winn Dixie supermarket in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Garrabrant/Getty ImagesBoston's new Big 3: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo.
Paul Pierce nailed a vital jump shot in the closing seconds to ensure the Boston Celtics clinched the Atlantic Division title with a 102-98 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.
Ball Coach is a quart or two low on piercing, controversial remarks.
44th annual Farm City Barbecue, sponsored by the Fort Pierce Downtown Kiwanis Club and Fort Pierce Rotary Club.
Grade A Tattoos & Body Piercing.
The case of a Kentucky toddler whose eye and brain were pierced after he fell onto a car key has had a happy ending, reports Tamara Evans.
Morgan Freeman and Pierce Brosnan on board the adventure at sea.
Fort Pierce Central rallies past Vero Beach for 4-0 start.

In science:

This is in clear contrast to the time evolution of a quasihole pierced into a state with L < N (N − 1).
Quasihole dynamics as a detection tool for quantum Hall phases
After cooling the system into the ground state of H, we use laser beams to pierce quasiholes into the state.
Quasihole dynamics as a detection tool for quantum Hall phases
In contrast to the coherent dynamics of quasiholes in the Laughlin state, in this section we will encounter collapse-and-revival processes of quasiholes pierced into phases of less angular momentum, L < N (N − 1).
Quasihole dynamics as a detection tool for quantum Hall phases
The situation becomes quite different if we pierce a second hole into the condensate.
Quasihole dynamics as a detection tool for quantum Hall phases
Let us therefore study the dynamics of a quasihole pierced in the last incompressible phase which has been predicted to occur before reaching the Laughlin state.
Quasihole dynamics as a detection tool for quantum Hall phases