from The Century Dictionary.

  • Piercing the ear, as a shrill or sharp sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective extremely loud (of sound)
  • noun A piercing in the ear.


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  • "The shootings of seven people marred Fat Tuesday as ear-piercing gunfire set revelers ducking for cover and brought the final stream of truck floats to a horrifying halt."

    From the caption on a Guardian photo showing a utility truck cleaning up after New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebrations.

    Somehow this was not the use of "ear-piercing" I was expecting in a report on Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Very sad.

    February 28, 2009