- (General American) IPA(key): /pɪɹs/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pɪəs/
- (obsolete) IPA(key): /pɜː(ɹ)s/
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- Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)s
From Middle English perce, from conjugated forms of Old French percier such as (jeo) pierce (“I pierce”), probably from Vulgar Latin *pertūsiō, from Latin pertūsus, past participle of pertundō (“thrust or bore through”), from per- (“through”) + tundō (“beat, pound”). Displaced native Old English þȳrlian (literally “to hole”).
- (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
- (transitive) To create a hole in the skin for the purpose of inserting jewelry.
- Can you believe he pierced his tongue?
- (transitive) to break or interrupt abruptly
- A scream pierced the silence.
- (transitive, figurative) To get to the heart or crux of (a matter).
- to pierce a mystery
- (transitive, figurative) To penetrate; to affect deeply.
- 2022 November 30, Paul Bigland, “Destination Oban: a Sunday in Scotland”, in RAIL, number 971, page 75:
- The flatness of the landscape facilitates views right across the Firth of Forth to Fife, before the railway begins to pierce the Edinburgh suburbs.
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pierce (plural pierces)