from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Cut through with a sharp instrument; perforated.
  • adj. Of or relating to a body part that has been perforated for the purpose of attaching a piece of jewelry.
  • adj. Of or relating to a piece of jewelry designed to be worn in a such a body part: a pierced earring.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of pierce.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Penetrated; entered; perforated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Penetrated; entered by force; perforated.
  • In heraldry:
  • Cut through with an opening not so large as that implied in cleché, and not of the shape of the bearing.
  • Having an arrow, spear, or other weapon thrust into it but not passing through, as an animal used as a bearing. Compare transfixed.

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  • adj. having a hole cut through


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