Pierce

Definition of Pierce

v. t.1.To thrust into, penetrate, or transfix, with a pointed instrument.
[imp. & p. p. Pierced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Piercing .]
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.
Can no prayers pierce thee?
- Shak.
v. i.1.To enter; to penetrate; to make a way into or through something, as a pointed instrument does; - used literally and figuratively.
And pierced to the skin, but bit no more.
- Spenser.
She would not pierce further into his meaning.
- Sir P. Sidney.

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