• 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
Day after day he cast wistful glances upon the vast mountain barrier piercing the clouds in the distant horizon.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
Mr. Doyle had thrown himself into Pierce's arm-chair, and was trying to read the morning paper.
"Waring's Peril" by Charles King
The snow-fall ceased, and we became enveloped in a freezing thick mist which pierced into our very bones.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
Those piercing eyes approached nearer.
"Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches" by Edwin Eastman
Your sharpness I bless, that it may pierce him!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
He replaced the soaring lever and banked in a close circle, his glance piercing the night.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
There was an intelligence in the piercing glance of his dark eye, and a smile of mixed gaiety and satire sat habitually upon his lip.
"Gomez Arias" by Joaquín Telesforo de Trueba y Cosío
Pierce of Portland; L. B. Dessy of Bar Harbor; E. C. Reynolds of South Portland.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
And these enemies knew that they had pierced the Spanish heart when the "Queen of the Indies" fell.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The sweet sounds pierced his preoccupation.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer

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
For simplicity, we will pierce the quasihole in the origin, which makes the resulting state an eigenstate of the single-particle part of H, and all dynamics will exclusively be driven by V .
Quasihole dynamics as a detection tool for quantum Hall phases
In a system with periodic boundary conditions (with the topology of a torus), the Z2 gauge theory has different sectors depending upon whether there is a Z2 flux piercing any of the holes of the torus (following Senthil and Fisher (2000), this Z2 flux is now commonly referred to as a “vison”).
Order and quantum phase transitions in the cuprate superconductors
Below this temperature the field of ferromagnetic film does not pierce the superconducting film through, and the flux-flow regime ceases.
Proximity Effect and Spontaneous Vortex Phase in Planar SF-Structures
We study the power of three different tests: the Shapiro-Francia test (1972), the uncategorised smooth test developed by Rayner and Best(1990) and the Neyman’s Smooth Goodness-of-fit test for composite hypotheses (Thomas & Pierce 1979).
Goodness-of-Fit Tests to study the Gaussianity of the MAXIMA data
Some of them are defined based on orthonormal functions (Rayner & Best 1990) whereas others make use of powers of the distribution function (Thomas & Pierce 1979).
Goodness-of-Fit Tests to study the Gaussianity of the MAXIMA data
We also make use in this paper of the smooth goodnessof-fit test Wk proposed by Thomas & Pierce (1979) as a modification of Neyman’s one.
Goodness-of-Fit Tests to study the Gaussianity of the MAXIMA data
If only skewness and kurtosis are present, the statistic W2 developed by Thomas & Pierce (1979) has more power than the rest of applied statistics.
Goodness-of-Fit Tests to study the Gaussianity of the MAXIMA data
We use Shapiro-Francia test and two Smooth goodness-offit tests: one developed by Rayner and Best and another one developed by Thomas and Pierce.
Goodness-of-fit tests of Gaussianity: constraints on the cumulants of the MAXIMA data
Thomas and Pierce (1979) take the cumulative distribution function of a N (0, 1) variable x: y (x) = erf(x), where erf denotes the error function.
Goodness-of-fit tests of Gaussianity: constraints on the cumulants of the MAXIMA data
The loop is trivial if and only if the number of piercings of the boundary is divisible by two.
Optimal Topological Test for Degeneracies of Real Hamiltonians