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
- 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.
- intransitive v. To enter; to penetrate; to make a way into or through something, as a pointed instrument does; -- used literally and figuratively.
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
Middle 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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)