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Adjective
Intense to the senses
“It took me just one step out to be confronted with piercing wind and the black hostile waves of the North Sea a mere hundred yards away.”
Adjective
Having or showing shrewdness or keen intelligence
“This is a piercing analysis of political currents and an epic tragedy filled with fascinating characters and antagonisms and beliefs that divided the nation.”
Adjective
Marked by a high volume of sound
“… the frightened child emitted a piercing shriek that could be heard all over the house.”
Adjective
“She covered her ears with the piercing sound of shattering glass.”
Adjective
“I felt a piercing pain in my abdomen.”
Adjective
Verb
Present participle for cut, penetrate
“Once the skins are removed, pierce a cross shape in the root ends with the tip of a sharp knife - this will keep the shallots whole as they cook.”
Verb
Present participle for force a way through; penetrate
“As copious steam clouds and sharp hoots pierce the morning calm, an air of excitement and expectation is palpable among those who have got into the coaches.”
Verb
Present participle for to penetrate
“Her words pierced Lydia's heart like an arrow.”
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