pierce

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
  1. verb
    penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
    synonyms: thrust
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    stick
    pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed
    stick
    pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument
    peg
    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
    gore
    wound by piercing with a sharp or penetrating object or instrument
    lance
    pierce with a lance, as in a knights' fight
    pin
    pierce with a pin
    spear
    pierce with a spear
    type of:
    penetrate, perforate
    pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
  2. verb
    make a hole into
    “The needle pierced her flesh”
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    poke
    make a hole by poking
    puncture
    pierce with a pointed object; make a hole into
    riddle
    pierce with many holes
    prick, prickle
    make a small hole into, as with a needle or a thorn
    bite
    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
    tap
    pierce in order to draw a liquid from
    scarify
    puncture and scar (the skin), as for purposes or tribal identification or rituals
    needle
    prick with a needle
    type of:
    penetrate, perforate
    pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
  3. verb
    cut or make a way through
    “The path pierced the jungle”
    “Light pierced through the forest”
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    break up, pick
    attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example
    type of:
    penetrate, perforate
    pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
  4. verb
    sound sharply or shrilly
    “The scream pierced the night”
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    sound
    give off a certain sound or sounds
  5. verb
    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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