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piercing

adjective

Simple Definition of piercing

  • : seeming to have the power to see a person's thoughts or feelings

  • : very loud and high-pitched

  • : having a strong affect on someone : felt in a very noticeable way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of piercing

  1. :  penetrating: as a :  loud, shrill <piercing cries> b :  perceptive <piercing eyes> c :  penetratingly cold :  biting <a piercing wind> d :  cutting, incisive <piercing sarcasm>

piercingly

play \ˈpir-siŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of piercing in a sentence

  1. She looked at me with piercing eyes, and I was suddenly frightened that she knew what I had done.

  2. I tried to avoid his piercing stare.

  3. She felt a piercing sadness when she heard the news.



14th Century

First Known Use of piercing

14th century


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piercing

noun

Simple Definition of piercing

  • : the act or practice of decorating your body with jewelry or other objects that are attached directly to your skin

  • : a hole through part of the body where a piece of jewelry can be attached

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of piercing

  1. :  a piece of jewelry (as a ring or stud) that is attached to pierced flesh

Examples of piercing in a sentence

  1. There's a small shop in town where they do tattooing and body piercing.

  2. She got another ear piercing.



1977

First Known Use of piercing

1977

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PIERCING Defined for Kids

piercing

adjective pierc·ing \ˈpir-siŋ\

Definition of piercing for Students

  1. 1 :  able to penetrate <a piercing wind> <a piercing look>

  2. 2 :  loud and high-pitched <piercing cries>





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