If something pokes your hand, you will probably look at your hand to see if it pierced the skin. To pierce means to go right through, especially with something sharp.

Pierce has several meanings, but they all involve something sharp penetrating something else, like scissors through a plastic bag or a pen through a pocket. You can also pierce confusion by saying something that makes everything clear. Another meaning has to do with sound. Much like a knife, a sharp sound can pierce the silence and a loud, high shriek will pierce your ears.

Definitions of pierce

v penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument

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pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed
pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument
pierce with a wooden pin or knock or thrust a wooden pin into
center punch
make a small hole in something as a guide for a drill
empale, impale, spike, transfix
pierce with a sharp stake or point
horn, tusk
stab or pierce with a horn or tusk
wound by piercing with a sharp or penetrating object or instrument
pierce with a lance, as in a knights' fight
pierce with a pin
pierce with a spear
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penetrate, perforate
pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

v make a hole into

“The needle pierced her flesh”
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make a hole by poking
pierce with a pointed object; make a hole into
pierce with many holes
prick, prickle
make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn
penetrate or cut, as with a knife
perforate, punch
make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation
bite, prick, sting
deliver a sting to
pierce in order to draw a liquid from
puncture and scar (the skin), as for purposes or tribal identification or rituals
prick with a needle
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penetrate, perforate
pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

v cut or make a way through

“The path pierced the jungle”
“Light pierced through the forest”
break up, pick
attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example
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penetrate, perforate
pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

v sound sharply or shrilly

“The scream pierced the night”
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give off a certain sound or sounds

v move or affect (a person's emotions or bodily feelings) deeply or sharply

“The cold pierced her bones”
“Her words pierced the students”
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affect, impress, move, strike
have an emotional or cognitive impact upon

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