from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Able or seeming to pierce, as.
- adjective Very loud; shrill.
- adjective Fixed and intense in appearance.
- adjective Causing pain, especially because of cold.
- adjective Trenchant; incisive.
- adjective Keenly perceptive or intelligent.
- noun A piece of jewelry designed to be worn through a perforation in a body part.
- noun The hole through which such a piece of jewelry is worn.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Penetration. Specifically
- noun In metalworking, the operation of sawing out a pattern or an object from a plate, as distinguished from punching it out. It is done with a jigor band-saw.
- Penetrating; sharp; keen: as, piercing eyes; a piercing wind.
- That touches or moves with pity, alarm, anguish, etc.: as, a piercing cry.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Forcibly entering, or adapted to enter, at or by a point; perforating; penetrating; keen; -- used also figuratively.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb Present participle of
- noun uncountable The action of the verb to pierce
- noun A hole made in the body so that
jewellery/ jewelrycan be worn through it
- noun The
- adjective Anything or anyone that
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- adjective painful as if caused by a sharp instrument
- adjective having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
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So piercing is the sense of intolerable threat that I found myself having nightmares about it last night.
Although the extremes of body modification have been made more popular in our culture, it has been done for hundreds of years, and ear piercing is one of its oldest kinds.
She was already desperate for a pee; it pushed against her bladder like a pin piercing her belly.
Despite its appearance, Mommy's new nostril piercing is not a scary, glittery little bug that has lighted on her face.
A voice piercing from the deep could not have caused in Camilla a more immediate revulsion of ideas; but she was silent, in her turn, and he led her along the beach, while Mrs. Berlinton, attended by a train of beaux, went to her carriage, where, thus engaged, she contentedly waited.
Clearly you haven’t actually seen what piercing is like these days.
I grew up in the Midwest where ear-piercing is associated with adults … girls have to beg permission from their parents to pierce their ears and they’re not likely to get it until they’re (at least) in high school.
I might have removed it, but Bari had done a poor job in piercing me, as you’d expect from a sun-addled girl without previous piercing experience.
Stuller, Inc., a gold jewelry manufacturer in Lafayette, La., and a behind-the-scenes giant in the industry, uses a technique called "piercing."
"I try to let it sound natural and warm, more than drilling too much in the squillo ," he said, referring to the piercing sound singers use to project over an orchestra.