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Pierce

[peers] /pɪərs/
noun
1.
Franklin, 1804–69, 14th president of the U.S. 1853–57.
2.
John Robinson, 1910–2002, U.S. electrical engineer: helped develop communications satellites.
3.
a male given name, form of Peter.
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British Dictionary definitions for j.r. pierce

pierce

/pɪəs/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
to form or cut (a hole) in (something) with or as if with a sharp instrument
2.
to thrust into or penetrate sharply or violently the thorn pierced his heel
3.
to force (a way, route, etc) through (something)
4.
(of light) to shine through or penetrate (darkness)
5.
(also intransitive) to discover or realize (something) suddenly or (of an idea) to become suddenly apparent
6.
(of sounds or cries) to sound sharply through (the silence)
7.
to move or affect (a person's emotions, bodily feelings, etc) deeply or sharply the cold pierced their bones
8.
(intransitive) to penetrate or be capable of penetrating piercing cold
Derived Forms
pierceable, adjective
piercer, noun
Word Origin
C13 percen, from Old French percer, ultimately from Latin pertundere, from per through + tundere to strike

Pierce

/pɪəs/
noun
1.
Franklin. 1804–69, US statesman; 14th president of the US (1853–57)
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Word Origin and History for j.r. pierce
pierce
c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. perser, O.Fr. percier (11c.), probably from V.L. *pertusiare, freq. of L. pertusus, pp. of pertundere "to thrust or bore through," from per- "through" + tundere "to beat, pound," from PIE base *(s)tud- "to beat, strike, push, thrust" (see obtuse). Piercing in ref. to cold, sound, etc. is recorded from early 15c.
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