|Origin:||percer, probably from Latin pertundere 'to make a hole through'|
to make a small hole in or through something, using an object with a sharp point:
Steam the corn until it can easily be pierced with a fork.
Rose underwent emergency surgery after a bullet pierced her lung.
pierce a hole in/through something
Pierce small holes in the base of the pot with a hot needle.
to have a small hole made in your ears, nose etc so that you can wear jewellery through the hole:
I had my belly-button pierced.
3 [intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition] literary
if sound or light pierces something, you suddenly hear or see it:
The darkness was pierced by the beam from the lighthouse.
A sudden scream pierced the silence.
The men's lanterns pierced through the dense mist.
to make someone feel a strong emotion such as pain, sadness, or love:
Her memories sometimes pierced her heart.
to force a way through something:
Leicester rarely threatened to pierce the Manchester United defence.