- 1(Of a sharp pointed object) go into or through (something): a splinter had pierced the skinMore example sentences
- As soon as she touched it, she felt a sharp splinter pierce her thumb.
- Once the skins are removed, pierce a cross shape in the root ends with the tip of a sharp knife - this will keep the shallots whole as they cook.
- She bit her lip, digging her sharp canine into the soft skin, piercing it all the harder as she lapsed into deeper thought.
- 1.1Make (a hole) with a sharp instrument: I had to pierce another hole in my beltMore example sentences
- Transfer to a wire rack and pierce a tiny hole in each gougère using a sharp knife, to release any trapped steam.
- The holes would be pierced right through all the sheets.
- Rain bars are long tubes pierced with spray holes.
- 1.2Make a hole in (the ears or other part of the body) so as to wear jewellery in them: (as adjective pierced) a punk with a pierced noseMore example sentences
- Both ears were pierced, but she wore no earrings.
- She had pierced ears but wore neither studs nor earrings and there was no jewellery.
- There is a scene in which he must pierce her ears to wear the borrowed earring, and it is shockingly erotic.
- 1.3Make an opening in or bore a tunnel through: the dividing wall is pierced by archesMore example sentences
- Their die-straight tunnels pierce the most awesome rock barriers nonchalantly.
- An irregular elongated window pierces the massive back wall.
- When it was built, the south church was constructed against the south wall of the earlier nuns' chapel, which was later pierced by arches.
- 2Force a way through; penetrate: they were seeking to pierce the anti-ballistic-missile defences a shrill voice pierced the airMore example sentences
- Her voice pierced the Fire Master's ears, sending sparks of fury through his body.
- Similar displays contrived by architects occur on almost any sunny day inside many cathedrals, when the sun pierces the highest windows and a thousand rays gleam down on the altar.
- The continuous clicking of shutters pierced the icy Alpine air.
pierce someone's heart
- Affect someone keenly or deeply: pure love had pierced her heart I felt pierced to the heart, dejected and lonelyMore example sentences
- Even when reduced to tears, he doesn't pierce your heart.
- But there's no way he could convey to us what he felt and what anguish and anxiety was piercing his heart.
- Today, however, she said something that just pierced my heart.
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- Shoemakers used it, as did early bookbinders - leatherworkers all, just like basement belt piercers.
- Continued education is the hallmark of any conscientious piercer.
- Your piercer should tell you how to care for your specific piercing until it's healed.
Middle English: from Old French percer, based on Latin pertus- 'bored through', from the verb pertundere, from per 'through' + tundere 'thrust'.