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piercing

adjective pierc·ing \ ˈpir-siŋ \
|Updated on: 6 Aug 2018

Definition of piercing

: penetrating: such 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.

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First Known Use of piercing

14th century

in the meaning defined above

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piercing

noun

Definition of piercing

: a piece of jewelry (such 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.

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First Known Use of piercing

1977

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PIERCING Defined for English Language Learners

piercing

Definition of piercing for English Language Learners

  • : 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


piercing

Definition of piercing for English Language Learners

  • : 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


PIERCING Defined for Kids

piercing

adjective pierc·ing \ ˈpir-siŋ \

Definition of piercing for Students

1 : able to penetrate
  • a piercing wind
  • a piercing look
2 : loud and high-pitched
  • piercing cries


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