Pierce Pierce, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pierced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Piercing}.] [OE. percen, F. percer, OF. percier, perchier, parchier; perh. fr. (assumed) LL. pertusiare for pertusare, fr. L. pertundere, pertusum, to beat, push, bore through; per through + tundere to beat: cf. OF. pertuisier to pierce, F. pertuis a hole. Cf. {Contuse}, {Parch}, {Pertuse}.] 1. To thrust into, penetrate, or transfix, with a pointed instrument. ``I pierce . . . her tender side.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. Fig.: To penetrate; to affect deeply; as, to pierce a mystery. ``Pierced with grief.'' --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Can no prayers pierce thee? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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