from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cut or pass through with or as if with a sharp instrument; stab or penetrate.
- transitive v. To make a hole or opening in; perforate.
- transitive v. To make a way through: The path pierced the wilderness.
- transitive v. To sound sharply through: His shout pierced the din.
- transitive v. To succeed in penetrating (something) with the eyes or the intellect: Large glowing yellow eyes pierced the darkness.
- intransitive v. To penetrate into or through something: The rocket pierced through space.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to puncture; to break through
- v. to create a hole in the skin for the purpose of inserting jewelry
- v. to break or interrupt abruptly
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To enter; to penetrate; to make a way into or through something, as a pointed instrument does; -- used literally and figuratively.
- transitive v. To thrust into, penetrate, or transfix, with a pointed instrument.
- transitive v. To penetrate; to enter; to force a way into or through; to pass into or through
- transitive v. Fig.: To penetrate; to affect deeply.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To thrust through with a sharp or pointed instrument; stab; prick.
- To cut into or through; make a hole or opening in.
- To penetrate; enter into or through; force a way into or through: as, to pierce the enemy's center.
- To penetrate with pain, grief, or other emotion; wound or affect keenly; touch or move deeply.
- Synonyms and Perforate, Transfix, etc. See penetrate.
- To enter or penetrate; force a way.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cut or make a way through
- v. sound sharply or shrilly
- v. penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
- n. 14th President of the United States (1804-1869)
- v. make a hole into
- v. move or affect (a person's emotions or bodily feelings) deeply or sharply
July 25, 2005 at 4: 08 pm tony pierce is a Great American, so I hesitate to contradict him.
In fact, the tenor Peter Pears pronounced his name pierce as well.
For what Simeon foretold in the temple is come to pass today: a sword pierce my heart, but do Thou change my grief to gladness by Thy Ressurrection. '
Rodolphe is startled; he plunge, and my sword pierce his arm.
I think I heard the ref cry after he HAD to call pierce on that foul
But did Eumenes 'fword pierce deep t The wound Was dcfperate. —
I'd like to introduce "pierce", the verb, as street slang for the weekend.
I'm not 100 certain on Peter Pears--when I was studying jazz at IU, sometimes the classical folks would remark on seeing my name, "You know, Peter Pears pronounced it 'pierce'."
"external cause" refers to how the injury took place, although CDC uses (to this epidemiologist's eyes) at least one strange category as "cause": cut or pierce, which is an effect, not a cause.
This may be done with what is called a "pierce"; but a good stiletto, or even a very large needle, will answer the purpose.
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