Definition of Pierce

1. Noun. 14th President of the United States (1804-1869).

2. Verb. Cut or make a way through. "Light pierced through the forest"
Generic synonyms: Penetrate, Perforate
Specialized synonyms: Break Up, Pick

3. Verb. Move or affect (a person's emotions or bodily feelings) deeply or sharply. "Her words pierced the students"
Generic synonyms: Affect, Impress, Move, Strike

4. Verb. Sound sharply or shrilly. "The scream pierced the night"
Generic synonyms: Sound

5. Verb. Penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument.
Exact synonyms: Thrust
Generic synonyms: Penetrate, Perforate
Specialized synonyms: Stick, Stick, Peg, Center Punch, Empale, Impale, Spike, Transfix, Horn, Tusk, Gore, Lance
Derivative terms: Thrust

6. Verb. Make a hole into. "The needle pierced her flesh"
Generic synonyms: Penetrate, Perforate
Specialized synonyms: Poke, Puncture, Riddle, Prick, Prickle, Bite, Perforate, Punch, Bite, Prick, Sting, Tap
Entails: Cut

Definition of Pierce

1. v. t. To thrust into, penetrate, or transfix, with a pointed instrument.

2. v. i. To enter; to penetrate; to make a way into or through something, as a pointed instrument does; -- used literally and figuratively.

Definition of Pierce

1. Proper noun. (Ancient Greek male given name), medieval variant of Piers. Modern usage may also derive from the surname. ¹

2. Proper noun. (surname patronymic from=given names) ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) to puncture; to break through ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) to create a hole in the skin for the purpose of inserting jewelry ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) to break or interrupt abruptly ¹

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Definition of Pierce

1. to cut or pass into or through [v PIERCED, PIERCING, PIERCES]

Medical Definition of Pierce

1. To enter; to penetrate; to make a way into or through something, as a pointed instrument does; used literally and figuratively. "And pierced to the skin, but bit no more." (Spenser) "She would not pierce further into his meaning." (Sir P. Sidney) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pierce

pier arch
pier mirror
pier table
pierce (current term)

Literary usage of Pierce

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1. The American Conflict: A History of the Great Rebellion in the United States by Horace Greeley (1866)
"pierce had carried twenty-seven States, choosing 254 Electors. Never before was there such ... pierce by very close votes; so that the popular preponderance ..."

2. The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine by Roy J. Friedman Mark Twain Collection (Library of Congress) (1913)
"And Farry pierce—" He was going to say, "And Farry pierce won't let you," but ... "And Farry pierce would be only too glad to have you lose your interest," ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"Morton claims that he loaned this money to pierce in August, 1857, about the time the deed was coerced by pierce from Baker, and the record shows that Baker ..."

4. History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 by James Ford Rhodes (1892)
"Instead of travelling around to be stared at by gaping crowds, pierce spent ... That pierce was elected in November surprised few; that his victory should ..."

5. The National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans: With Biographical by H. J. Herring, James Barton Longacre (1853)
"He there found a young man of eighteen, named Benjamin pierce, ... This young man became the father of FRANKLIN pierce, whom this great country has called ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"On the 35th ballot the Virginia delegation voted for pierce, and on the 49th ... pierce was favorable to the institution of slavery, believing that it was ..."

7. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1910)
"Action by HA Brown against Alsop & pierce. From a judgment for plaintiff, defendants appeal. No error. Civil action to recover damages for a breach of ..."

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