Definition of pierce
1 a : to run into or through as a pointed weapon does : stab b : to enter or thrust into sharply or painfully
2 : to make a hole through : perforate
3 : to force or make a way into or through
4 : to penetrate with the eye or mind : discern
5 : to penetrate so as to move or touch the emotions of
: to force a way into or through something
Examples of pierce in a sentence
The needle pierced her skin.
The bullet pierced his lung.
The needle pierced into her skin.
The bullet pierced through his lung.
A scream pierced the silence.
Synonym Discussion of pierce
Definition of Pierce
Franklin 1804–1869 14th pres. of the United States (1853–57)
PIERCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pierce for English Language Learners
: to make a hole in or through (something)
: to go through or into (something) in a forceful or noticeable way
PIERCE Defined for Kids
Definition of pierce for Students
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 : to force or make a way into or through <The sunshine pierced through their faded dresses … — Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie>
Legal Definition of pierce
: 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
: 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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