• WordNet 3.6
    • adj piercing painful as if caused by a sharp instrument "a cutting wind","keen winds","knifelike cold","piercing knifelike pains","piercing cold","piercing criticism","a stabbing pain","lancinating pain"
    • adj piercing having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions "an acute observer of politics and politicians","incisive comments","icy knifelike reasoning","as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang","penetrating insight","frequent penetrative observations"
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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 Piercing Forcibly entering, or adapted to enter, at or by a point; perforating; penetrating; keen; -- used also figuratively; as, a piercing instrument, or thrust. "Piercing eloquence."
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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
    • n piercing Penetration. Specifically
    • n piercing In metalworking, the operation of sawing out a pattern or an object from a plate, as distinguished from punching it out. It is done with a jigor band-saw.
    • piercing Penetrating; sharp; keen: as, piercing eyes; a piercing wind.
    • piercing That touches or moves with pity, alarm, anguish, etc.: as, a piercing cry.
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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:

A piercing look again came into Mrs. Shiffney's eyes.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
One of the most pleasurable remembrances I have of Mrs. Pierce is associated with a Handel and Haydn concert in Mechanics' Pavilion.
"Sixty Years of California Song" by Margaret Blake-Alverson
The queen's piercing eyes could already distinguish the faces of her enemies.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Was that what the Stranger had meant when he had looked at her with those piercing eyes?
"A Book of Quaker Saints" by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
He opened the door and fell dead across the threshold, pierced by a dozen weapons.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1-20" by Various
His eyes were fastened on Lord Selkirk with a piercing, angry gaze.
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
One of the most remarkable of their number was named Pierce.
"Daring and Suffering:" by William Pittenger
Their seats were next to the Captain, with Mr. Kinsella and Pierce opposite.
"Molly Brown's Orchard Home" by Nell Speed
The cobra's poison is secreted in glands, and is forced out through the poison teeth when these pierce through the skin of a man or animal.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Presently one of the natives lifted his blow-pipe, from which sped an arrow, piercing one of the poor little creatures.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Nay, after death their spite shall further go;
For they will pierce my side, I full well know;
That as sinne came, so sacraments might flow:
Was ever grief like mine?
"The Sacrifice" by George Herbert
For, ever in the awful strife
And dark hours of the nation's life,
Through the fierce tumult pierced his warning word,
Their father's voice his erring children heard.
"The Vow Of Washington" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Now swift, thou azure shaft of fading fire,
Pierce through the rainbow! Swift, O swift! how streams
The world by! Let Sandalphon and his quire
Of Angels ward me!
Ho! what
"The Ladder" by Aleister Crowley
Brave is the man, I say, in battles fierce,
Him it will not be easy to subdue,
Swords cut him not, nor can the sharp spear pierce,
Strong as a hundred men to dare and do.
"Ferdiah; Or, The Fight At The Ford" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
"My bower! The fair Fay twined it round me,
Care nor trouble can pierce it through;
But once a sigh from the warm world found me
Between two leaves that were bent with dew.
"At One Again" by Jean Ingelow
Among the shining ones she walks my friend,
Robed in the garments of her Fatherland,
And your earth-weary feet shall upward tend,
Drawn by the beck of that dear pierced hand
"To My Friend" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce in the world premiere of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang at McCarter Theatre Center.
Charles Erickson igourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce in the world premiere of 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' by Christopher Durang at McCarter Theatre Center.
Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce Return to the New York Stage in Chekhov Mashup.
When an assistant casting director pointed out a photo of David Hyde Pierce, the character Niles was born.
News -> INDReporter FRI, NOV 18 1:02PM by Walter Pierce.
'Mildred Pierce' costume designer Ann Roth worked hard to create wardrobes true to the times, social strata and personality of each character.
'Mildred Pierce's' Ann Roth on designing costumes for the Depression era.
US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, 34982 772-465-1608 Fax: 772-465-2476.
Other defendants named in the case are St Lucie County Superintendent Michael Lannon and the following administrators and employees from Fort Pierce Westwood High.
Perhaps even more than the two other "P's" — Pierce-Arrow and Peerless — Packard quality was renowned around the world before, after and during the Roaring 1920s.
Pierce County corrections officers honored the memory of one of their former coworkers Friday with a graduation gift to his daughter.
The gift of $4,600 was presented to Sarah McKeown during an event Friday afternoon at the Pierce County Jail.
Fort Pierce Central rallies in second half to beat Palm Bay, 14-12.
"I find it oddly piercing.".
President Obama is picked up by Scott Van Duzer, owner of Big Apple Pizza, during a visit to the restaurant in Fort Pierce, Fla.

In science:

Piercing convex sets and the Hadwiger-Debrunner (p, q)-problem.
Externally definable sets and dependent pairs II
In many cases the ob ject that pierces the interface is cylindrical, and the deformation of a flat liquid-gas interface due to the contact of a solid rod is a situation of interest in both solid and fluid mechanics.
Deformation of a free interface pierced by a tilted cylinder
Here, we use Surface Evolver simulations to study the deformation of an initially flat interface when it is pierced with an infinite cylinder.
Deformation of a free interface pierced by a tilted cylinder
We use the Surface Evolver to calculate the shape of a single area-minimizing surface that is pierced by a rod at an inclination of θi to the vertical.
Deformation of a free interface pierced by a tilted cylinder
Half of the loop lies in the boundary of the 4-simplex, and connects the two tetrahedra τ and τ(cid:101), piercing FIG. 3.
The twistorial structure of loop-gravity transition amplitudes