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verb [transitive] pierce pronunciation in British English /pɪə(r)s/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepiercing
past tensepierced
past participlepierced
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  1. 1
    if a sharp object pierces something, it makes a hole in it
    The knife entered his chest and pierced his heart.
    1. a.
      to make a hole in something by pushing a sharp object into it
      Pierce the potatoes several times and place in a hot oven.
    2. b.
      if you have a part of your body pierced, you have a small hole made in it so that you can wear jewellery in it
      I had my ears pierced years ago.
      a pierced nose
    3. c.
      formal if a surface is pierced by holes, there are holes in it
      Passageways were pierced through the walls of houses.
  2. 2
    mainly literary if sound or light pierces something, it suddenly sounds very loudly or shines very brightly
    A wolf’s howl pierced the silence of the dark night.
    1. a.


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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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