pierce

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Etymology[edit]

Old French percier, from its conjugated forms such as (jeo) pierce (I pierce), probably from Late Latin *pertusiare, from Latin pertusus, past participle of pertundere (to thrust or bore through), from per- (through) + tundere (to beat, pound).

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pierce (third-person singular simple present pierces, present participle piercing, simple past and past participle pierced)

  1. (transitive) to puncture; to break through
    The diver pierced the surface of the water with scarcely a splash.
    to pierce the enemy's line; a shot pierced the ship
    • Dryden
      I pierce [] her tender side.
  2. (transitive) to create a hole in the skin for the purpose of inserting jewelry
    Can you believe he pierced his tongue?
  3. (transitive) to break or interrupt abruptly
    A scream pierced the darkness.
  4. (figuratively) To penetrate; to affect deeply.
    to pierce a mystery
    • Alexander Pope
      pierced with grief
    • Shakespeare
      Can no prayers pierce thee?

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