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pierce

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verb \ˈpirs\

Simple Definition of pierce

  • : to make a hole in or through (something)

  • : to go through or into (something) in a forceful or noticeable way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pierce

pierced

piercing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to run into or through as a pointed weapon does :  stab b :  to enter or thrust into sharply or painfully

  3. 2 :  to make a hole through :  perforate

  4. 3 :  to force or make a way into or through

  5. 4 :  to penetrate with the eye or mind :  discern

  6. 5 :  to penetrate so as to move or touch the emotions of

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  to force a way into or through something

piercer

noun

Examples of pierce in a sentence

  1. The needle pierced her skin.

  2. The bullet pierced his lung.

  3. The needle pierced into her skin.

  4. The bullet pierced through his lung.

  5. A scream pierced the silence.



Origin and Etymology of pierce

Middle English percen, from Anglo-French percer, from Vulgar Latin *pertusiare, from Latin pertusus, past participle of pertundere to perforate, from per- through + tundere to beat — more at per-, contusion


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of pierce

enter, penetrate, pierce, probe mean to make way into something. enter is the most general of these and may imply either going in or forcing a way in <entered the city in triumph>. penetrate carries a strong implication of an impelling force or compelling power that achieves entrance <the enemy penetrated the fortress>. pierce means an entering or cutting through with a sharp pointed instrument <pierced the boil with a lancet>. probe implies penetration to investigate or explore something hidden from sight or knowledge <probed the depths of the sea>.

Rhymes with pierce


Pierce

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biographical name \ˈpirs\

Definition of Pierce

  1. Franklin 1804–1869 14th pres. of the United States (1853–57)



Rhymes with pierce



PIERCE Defined for Kids

pierce

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verb \ˈpirs\

Definition of pierce for Students

pierced

piercing

  1. 1 :  to make a hole in or through or as if in or through <I had my ears pierced.> <A stab of fear pierced his heart.>

  2. 2 :  to force or make a way into or through <The sunshine pierced through their faded dresses … — Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie>




Law Dictionary

pierce

transitive verb

Legal Definition of pierce

pierced

piercing

  1. :  to see through the usually misleading or false appearance of <the object of summary judgment is to pierce the pleadings and allow a judgment on the merits — J. H. Friedenthal et al.> <the Internal Revenue Service may attempt to pierce the plain meaning of the agreement — W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.>

pierce the corporate veil

  1. :  to disregard the corporate entity and reach the personal assets of the corporation's controlling parties :  hold the controlling parties (as officers or shareholders) of a corporation personally liable for wrongful acts or debts of the corporation <a…creditor in New York cannot pierce the corporate veil solely on grounds of inadequate capitalization — R. C. Clark> — compare corporate immunity at immunity



Additional Notes on pierce

An action to pierce the corporate veil is usually grounded on the corporation's being an instrumentality or alter ego of the officers or shareholders and on some misuse (as fraud) of the officers' or shareholders' control over the corporation.



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