Multiple piercings in an ear.
An example of pierce is for a shrill sound to be heard through the noise of the crowd.
- 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
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- 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 *pert&umacron;siare, from Latin pert&umacron;sus, 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").