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Adjective
Capable, or in the process, of penetrating, especially with a pointed tip
“At one end, of the syringe is a plunger which, when pressed, forces the cartridge against a piercing needle at the other end.”
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Intense, typically in a distressing way
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“Suddenly, I felt a piercing pain in my left hand, the one on the table.”
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Very loud or having a high volume
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“Unless you've heard the piercing thunder of a multi-engined jet plane, you can't fully comprehend just how noisy one of these high-powered planes really can be.”
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Shrill or discordant to the ears
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“From the midst of the cloud rang out the piercing sound of a trumpet, which summoned the people to attend.”
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Intensely cold or chilly
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“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.”
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Having or showing shrewdness or keen intelligence
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“William's piercing analysis of the bankruptcy of aesthetic existence goes into many areas beyond the scope of our own study.”
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Having or showing a deeply inquisitive nature or intent
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“I could hear a few cackles from Abhi while Radha continued grilling me with her piercing questions about the rice.”
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Feeling, or causing, (typically slight or stinging) pain
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Harshly sarcastic or satirical in nature
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Sharp, stabbing or piercing
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Brazen or flashy
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Beady or attentive
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Funny and clever
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Resistant to control or authority
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Noun
The action or process of penetrating something
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To be making a hole
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“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.”
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Present participle for to penetrate or force a way through
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“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.”
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Present participle for to hurt or distress emotionally
“Her words pierced Lydia's heart like an arrow.”
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Present participle for to examine something with great care
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Present participle for to pierce (a cask) to draw out liquid
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Present participle for to cause extreme pain, anguish, or distress to
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Present participle for to fix (an object) firmly and deeply in a surrounding mass
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Present participle for to have or gain entry or access to a place or location
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Present participle for to understand by thinking carefully about
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Present participle for to discover something (after searching)
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