Multiple piercings in an ear.
An example of pierce is for a shrill sound to be heard through the noise of the crowd.
transitive verbpierced, pierc′ing
- to pass into or through as a pointed instrument does; penetrate; stab
- to affect sharply the senses or feelings of
- to make a hole in or through; perforate; bore; specif., to make a hole in an earlobe, lip, nostril, or other part of the body for the purpose of inserting a ring, stud, or other ornament
- to make (a hole), as by boring or stabbing
- to force a way into or through; break through
- to sound sharply through: a shriek pierced the air
- to penetrate with the sight or mind: to pierce a mystery
Origin of pierceMiddle English percen from Old French percer from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pertusiare from Classical Latin pertusus, past participle of pertundere, to thrust through from per, through + tundere, to strike from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)teu-, to push from source stock
verbpierced, pierc·ing, pierc·es
- To cut or pass through with or as if with a sharp instrument; stab or penetrate.
- To make a hole or opening in; perforate.
- To make a way through: The path pierced the wilderness.
- To sound sharply through: His shout pierced the din.
- To succeed in penetrating (something) with the eyes or the intellect: Large glowing yellow eyes pierced the darkness.
Origin of pierceMiddle English percen from Old French percer probably from Vulgar Latin pertūsiāre from Latin pertūsus past participle of pertundere to bore through per- per- tundere to beat
(third-person singular simple present pierces, present participle piercing, simple past and past participle pierced)
- to puncture; to break through
- The diver pierced the surface of the water with scarcely a splash.
- to pierce the enemy's line; a shot pierced the ship
- to create a hole in the skin for the purpose of inserting jewelry
- Can you believe he pierced his tongue?
- to break or interrupt abruptly
- A scream pierced the darkness.
- (figuratively) To penetrate; to affect deeply.
- to pierce a mystery
Old French percier, from its conjugated forms such as (jeo) pierce (“I pierce"), probably from Late Latin *pertusiare, from Latin pertusus, past participle of pertundere (“to thrust or bore through"), from per- (“through") + tundere (“to beat, pound").