John Robinson Pierce

Pierce

[peers]
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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pierce (pɪəs)
 
vb
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 intr) 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.  (intr) to penetrate or be capable of penetrating: piercing cold
 
[C13 percen, from Old French percer, ultimately from Latin pertundere, from per through + tundere to strike]
 
'pierceable
 
adj
 
'piercer
 
n

Pierce (pɪəs)
 
n
Franklin. 1804--69, US statesman; 14th president of the US (1853--57)

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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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