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Old French percier, probably from Late Latin *pertusiare, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] pertusus, pp. of pertundere "to thrust or bore through," from per- "through" + tundere "to beat, pound,".
- Rhymes: -ɪə(r)s
Third person singular
- (transitive) to puncture; to break through
- The diver pierced the surface of the water with scarcely a splash.
- (transitive) to create a hole in the skin for the purpose of inserting jewelry
- Can you believe he pierced his tongue?
- (transitive) to break or interrupt abruptly
- A scream pierced the darkness.
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