Pierce v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pierced p. pr. & vb. n. Piercing ]
1. To thrust into, penetrate, or transfix, with a pointed instrument. “I pierce . . . her tender side.”
2. To penetrate; to enter; to force a way into or through; to pass into or through; as, to pierce the enemy's line; a shot pierced the ship.
3. Fig.: To penetrate; to affect deeply; as, to pierce a mystery. “Pierced with grief.”
Can no prayers pierce thee? --Shak.
Pierce, v. i. 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.
n : 14th President of the United States (1804-1869) [syn: Franklin
Pierce, President Pierce]
v 1: cut or make a way through; "the knife cut through the
flesh"; "The path pierced the jungle"; "Light pierced
through the forest"
2: move or affect (a person's emotions, bodily feelings, etc.)
deeply or sharply; "The cold pierced her bones"; "Her
words pierced the students"
3: sound sharply or shrilly; "The scream pierced the night"
4: penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument [syn: thrust]
5: make a hole into; "The needle pierced her flesh"