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English noun: Pierce

1. Pierce (person) 14th President of the United States (1804-1869)


SynonymsFranklin Pierce, President Pierce


Instance hypernymChief Executive, President, President of the United States, United States President


English verb: pierce

1. pierce (contact) cut or make a way through


SamplesThe knife cut through the flesh.
The path pierced the jungle.
Light pierced through the forest.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)penetrate, perforate


Narrower (hyponym)break up, pick

2. pierce (emotion) move or affect (a person's emotions or bodily feelings) deeply or sharply


SamplesThe cold pierced her bones.
Her words pierced the students.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)affect, impress, move, strike

3. pierce (perception) sound sharply or shrilly


SamplesThe scream pierced the night.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)sound

4. pierce (contact) penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument


Synonymsthrust


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)penetrate, perforate


Narrower (hyponym)center punch, empale, gore, horn, impale, lance, peg, spike, stick, stick, transfix, tusk

5. pierce (contact) make a hole into


SamplesThe needle pierced her flesh.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)penetrate, perforate


Narrower (hyponym)bite, bite, perforate, poke, prick, prick, prickle, punch, puncture, riddle, sting, tap


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