from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To cut or pass through with or as if with a sharp instrument; stab or penetrate.
- intransitive verb To make a hole or opening in; perforate.
- intransitive verb To make a way through.
- intransitive verb To sound sharply through.
- intransitive verb To succeed in penetrating (something) with the eyes or the intellect.
- intransitive verb To penetrate into or through something.
from The Century Dictionary.
- 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
piercethe 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
- To enter or penetrate; force a way.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- intransitive verb To enter; to penetrate; to make a way into or through something, as a pointed instrument does; -- used literally and figuratively.
- transitive verb To thrust into, penetrate, or transfix, with a pointed instrument.
- transitive verb To penetrate; to enter; to force a way into or through; to pass into or through
- transitive verb Fig.: To penetrate; to affect deeply.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb transitive to
puncture; to breakthrough
- verb transitive to create a
holein the skinfor the purpose of inserting jewelry
- verb transitive to
breakor interrupt abruptly
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb cut or make a way through
- verb sound sharply or shrilly
- verb penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
- noun 14th President of the United States (1804-1869)
- verb make a hole into
- verb move or affect (a person's emotions or bodily feelings) deeply or sharply
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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.