verb (used with object)
to penetrate into or run through (something), as a sharp, pointed dagger, object, or instrument does.
to make a hole or opening in.
to bore into or through; tunnel.
to make (a hole, opening, etc.) by or as by boring or perforating.
to make a way or path into or through:
a road that pierces the dense jungle.
to penetrate with the eye or mind; see into or through:
She couldn't pierce his thoughts.
to affect sharply with some sensation or emotion, as of cold, pain, or grief:
The wind pierced her body. Her words pierced our hearts.
to sound sharply through (the air, stillness, etc.):
A pistol shot pierced the night.
1250–1300; Middle English percen
< Old French perc
< Vulgar Latin *pertūsiāre,
verbal derivative of Latin pertūsus,
past participle of pertundere
to bore a hole through, perforate, equivalent to per- per-
to strike, beat
pierceable, adjectivepiercer, noununpierceable, adjective
enter, puncture. Pierce, penetrate
suggest the action of one object passing through another or making a way through and into another. The terms are used both concretely and figuratively. To pierce
is to perforate quickly, as by stabbing; it suggests the use of a sharp, pointed instrument which is impelled by force: to pierce the flesh with a knife; a scream pierces one's ears. Penetrate
suggests a slow or difficult movement: No ordinary bullet can penetrate an elephant's hide; to penetrate the depths of one's ignorance. 8.
touch, move, strike, thrill.