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Definition of Pierce


  1. To thrust into, penetrate, or transfix, with a pointed instrument.
  2. To penetrate; to enter; to force a way into or through; to pass into or through; as, to pierce the enemy's line; a shot pierced the ship.
  3. Fig.: To penetrate; to affect deeply; as, to pierce a mystery.
  4. To enter; to penetrate; to make a way into or through something, as a pointed instrument does; -- used literally and figuratively.

Pierce Quotations

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.
Saint Augustine

What is a television apparatus to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen, who has only to imagine in order to pierce through walls and cause all the planetary Baghdads of his dreams to rise from the dust.
Salvador Dali

Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same.

He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Nothing can so pierce the soul as the uttermost sigh of the body.
George Santayana
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Pierce Translations

pierce in French is perforage
pierce in German is durchbohren
pierce in Latin is percutio (percussum), foro
pierce in Spanish is horadar, agujerear, guinchar
pierce in Swedish is genombryta, genomborra
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