Definition of "pierce" []

  • To cut or pass through with or as if with a sharp instrument; stab or penetrate. (verb-transitive)
  • To make a hole or opening in; perforate. (verb-transitive)
  • To make a way through: The path pierced the wilderness. (verb-transitive)
  • To sound sharply through: His shout pierced the din. (verb-transitive)
  • To succeed in penetrating (something) with the eyes or the intellect: Large glowing yellow eyes pierced the darkness. (verb-transitive)
  • To form or cut (a hole) in (something) with or as if with a sharp instrument (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To thrust into or penetrate sharply or violently (verb)
  • To force (a way, route, etc) through (something) (verb)
  • (of light) to shine through or penetrate (darkness) (verb)
  • To discover or realize (something) suddenly or (of an idea) to become suddenly apparent (verb)
  • (of sounds or cries) to sound sharply through (the silence) (verb)
  • To move or affect (a person's emotions, bodily feelings, etc) deeply or sharply (verb)
  • To penetrate or be capable of penetrating (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "pierce" in a sentence
  • "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. '"