• WordNet 3.6
    • v pierce make a hole into "The needle pierced her flesh"
    • v pierce penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
    • v pierce cut or make a way through "the knife cut through the flesh","The path pierced the jungle","Light pierced through the forest"
    • v pierce move or affect (a person's emotions or bodily feelings) deeply or sharply "The cold pierced her bones","Her words pierced the students"
    • v pierce sound sharply or shrilly "The scream pierced the night"
    • n Pierce 14th President of the United States (1804-1869)
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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
    • Pierce Fig.: To penetrate; to affect deeply; as, to pierce a mystery. "Pierced with grief.""Can no prayers pierce thee?"
    • v. i Pierce To enter; to penetrate; to make a way into or through something, as a pointed instrument does; -- used literally and figuratively. "And pierced to the skin, but bit no more.""She would not pierce further into his meaning."
    • Pierce To penetrate; to enter; to force a way into or through; to pass into or through; as, to pierce the enemy's line; a shot pierced the ship.
    • Pierce To thrust into, penetrate, or transfix, with a pointed instrument. "I pierce . . . her tender side."
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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
    • pierce To thrust through with a sharp or pointed instrument; stab; prick.
    • pierce To cut into or through; make a hole or opening in.
    • pierce To penetrate; enter into or through; force a way into or through: as, to pierce the enemy's center.
    • pierce To penetrate with pain, grief, or other emotion; wound or affect keenly; touch or move deeply.
    • pierce Synonyms and Perforate, Transfix, etc. See penetrate.
    • pierce To enter or penetrate; force a way.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The world record for the number of body piercings on one individual is 702, which is held by Canadian Brent Moffat
    • v.t Pierce pērs to thrust or make a hole through: to enter, or force a way into: to touch or move deeply: to dive into, as a secret
    • v.i Pierce to penetrate
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. percen, F. percer, OF. percier, perchier, parchier,; perh. fr. (assumed) LL. pertusiare, for pertusare, fr. L. pertundere, pertusum, to beat, push, bore through; per, through + tundere, to beat: cf. OF. pertuisier, to pierce, F. pertuis, a hole. Cf. Contuse Parch Pertuse


In literature:

As the engine came to a stop, a deafening yell pierced the night, punctuated with pistol-shots.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
Thirty or forty, pierced by arrows and javelins, were soon dragged ashore.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
President Pierce's administration recognized the usurping faction.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
His clothes soaked through at once, and the piercing, biting cold of the northern fall went into him.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
We are to wait here till our positions are assigned to us by Mr. Pierce, which will be done in a few days.
"Letters from Port Royal" by Various
His eyes were piercingly keen.
"The Shadow Witch" by Gertrude Crownfield
I shall first speak of Mr. Pierce as an author.
"Historical Essays" by James Ford Rhodes
Some of us were for giving the whole snap away, but Pierce and Perkins and Rogers objected.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
He came up to the depot with his basket, and seeing the train he asked Pierce, the landlord there, what train it was.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
It was piercing cold in this highland region.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

Had pierced, had crushed rebellion dead--
Without a hand, without a head:--
At last, when all was well,
He fell--O, how he fell!
"An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
Never did Poesy appear
So full of heaven to me, as when
I saw how it would pierce through pride and fear
To the lives of coarsest men.
"An Incident In A Railroad Car" by James Russell Lowell
I thought he smiled and spoke to me,
But still in silent ecstasy
I gazed at him; I could not speak;
I uttered one long piercing shriek.
"A Voice From The Dungeon" by Anne Bronte
But ah me! at sight of its blossoms
No pleasant memories start:
I see but the thorns beneath them—
And the thorns they pierce my heart.
"The Hawthorn" by Victor James Daley
A thousand sorrows pierce my soul,
To think that all are not thine own:
Ah! be adored from pole to pole;
Where is thy zeal? arise; be known!
"The Triumph Of Heavenly Love Desired" by William Cowper
Whate'er thou doth, or good or ill,
Where-e'er thou art, He sees thee still ;
God ev'ry act of thine dost 'spy :
Sin not before his piercing eye!
"Advice To A Youth" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Registration and cooking begins at 3 pm at The Outback in Pierce.
John DelGiorno of Advocare DelGiorno Pediatrics in Blackwood, NJ says if you're getting your child's ears pierced take a few precautions.
I've had a lot of people ask me if I'm going to get Mia's ears pierced soon.
I didn't get my ears pierced until I was 12.
My sister wasn't allowed to get her ears pierced until she was 21.
When my girls started asking about getting their ears pierced, I didn't want to hold them back.
"Mommy, can I get my ears pierced.".
A series of fundraisers to help injured Pierce 23 Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Bill Tylor are planned Saturday at the Eatonville Eagles Hall, 100 Weyerhaeuser Road N. Oct 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm PDT.
Haley Pierce, Craig Engels take Junior Miles.
The Celtics' Paul Pierce, who fouls out in overtime, hugs Mickael.
Food -> Eats FRI, MAR 9 12:30PM by Walter Pierce.
News -> INDReporter TUE, OCT 9 12:58PM by Walter Pierce.
News -> INDReporter THU, JAN 13 12:32PM by Walter Pierce.
FORT PIERCE — Thomas Siplin of New York Life Insurance Co. 800 Virginia Ave, Suite 37A Fort Pierce, has been named a member of the 2012 Executive Council of New York Life Insurance Co.
FORT PIERCE — When a city policeman met Bingo seven years ago, the dog didn't appear to have the right stuff to be a K9.

In science:

Our simulations showed that even if the pumped multiquantum vortices are not stabilized by a Gaussian-shaped plug potential piercing their core, several pump cycles can still be carried out before the vortex splits clearly.
Vortex pump for a Bose-Einstein condensate utilizing a time-averaged orbiting potential trap
So let A denote a central Q-division algebra of degree p [Pierce].
Geometric Zeta Functions, $L^2$-Theory, and Compact Shimura Manifolds
These lines of sight are very narrow (much less than a parsec across) and pierce the absorption-line systems at random angles and impact parameters.
A Global Perspective on Star Formation
Barnett et al., 1999] Barnett, T. P., Pierce, D. W., Saravanan, R., Schneider, N., Dommenget, D., and Latif, M. (1999).
A selection of papers with some relevance to the investigation of the Sun-Climate link: Papers on Data, Methods and Commentary
Such a piercing is characterized by φ = π and that ˆv abruptly changes sign .
Optimal Topological Test for Degeneracies of Real Hamiltonians