Definition of Piercing

1. Adjective. Having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions. "Frequent penetrative observations"


2. Adjective. Painful as if caused by a sharp instrument. "Lancinating pain"
Exact synonyms: Cutting, Keen, Knifelike, Lancinate, Lancinating, Stabbing
Similar to: Sharp

Definition of Piercing

1. a. Forcibly entering, or adapted to enter, at or by a point; perforating; penetrating; keen; -- used also figuratively; as, a piercing instrument, or thrust.

Definition of Piercing

1. Verb. (present participle of pierce) ¹

2. Noun. The action of the verb '''to pierce''' ¹

3. Noun. A hole made in the body so that jewellery/jewelry can be worn through it ¹

4. Noun. The jewelry itself ¹

5. Adjective. Anything or anyone that pierces. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Piercing

1. a piece of jewelry attached to pierced flesh [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Piercing

pier mirror
pier table
pierage
pierages
pierc't
pierce
pierceable
pierced
piercee
piercees
piercel
piercels
piercer
piercers
pierces
piercing (current term)
piercingly
piercingness
piercings
pierglass
pierglasses
pierhead
pierhead line
pierheads
pierid
pierid butterfly
pierides
pieridine
pierids
pierless

Literary usage of Piercing

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1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"These ideas were gradually losing favour; it was realized that the damage done by an armour-piercing shot, whether or not it hit and pierced armour, ..."

2. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1908)
"... of the median suture, piercing the palatine plate of the maxilla Fro. 2. Skull of J/. monax L,., with left Incisor piercing palatine plate of right ..."

3. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"But Sleep, ere Zeus espied, ensconced him there, Perch'd on a lofty fir, that tallest grew On Ida, piercing through earth's ..."

4. Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute by United States Naval Institute (1894)
"THE JOHNSON CAST STEEL ARMOR-piercing SHOT. BY ENSIGN RD TISDALE, USN When men-of-war began to use iron armor, there was required a projectile that could ..."

5. Notes on the Hebrew Text of the Books of Samuel: With an Introduction on by Samuel Rolles Driver (1890)
"[Behold] the piercing through! And this was the manner of the piercing through. Whilst yet [the miners were lifting up] 2. the pick each towards his fellow, ..."

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