English version

piercing

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpiercingpierc‧ing1 /ˈpɪəsɪŋ $ ˈpɪr-/ adjective 🔊 🔊 1 eyes/lookLOOK AT literary someone with piercing eyes is looking at you and seems to know what you are thinking 🔊 There was mockery now in those piercing blue eyes. 🔊 She felt foolish and unsure under his piercing gaze. 🔊 He gave her a piercing look.2 soundHIGH SOUND OR VOICELOUD/NOISY a sound that is piercing is high, sharp, and unpleasant 🔊 He grinned and let out a piercing whistle. 🔊 a piercing screamsee thesaurus at high, loud3 windCOLD a piercing wind is very cold4 pain causing a lot of pain 🔊 She felt a piercing sensation in her arm.5 emotionSAD/UNHAPPY [only before noun] affecting your feelings very deeply in a sad way 🔊 a piercing moment of regretpiercingly adverb 🔊 It was piercingly cold. 🔊 She looked at him piercingly.
Examples from the Corpus
piercingHer voice was nasal and piercing.piercing beams of lighthis piercing blue eyesCloudy and unfocused for a moment, his eyes quickly regained their normal piercing clarity.There came a piercing cry from the back of the cinema.From the cinema itself there also came a piercing cry.Letterman's piercing humorThe whistling became louder, more piercing, more painful.He felt a sudden piercing need to reach out, capture her hand and pull her into his arms.Some one screamed, a high shrill piercing noise that caused her to break out in goose pimples.The focus of his gaze has a startlingly piercing quality; an intensity that seems to strike at your very core.Maggie let out a piercing scream as she saw the truck speeding toward her.Maggie let out a piercing scream.He raised his hands and let out a piercing shriek.Then there was a piercing, terrified scream.She had a piercing vision of what life would be like without David.Her eyes were a piercing, watery blue.Sammy put his finger and thumb in his mouth and gave a piercing whistle.an icy piercing windpiercing gazeThat piercing gaze threatened immediate reprisal, the tough, unyielding stance of his hard body blocked her path and intimidated her.
piercingpiercing2 noun [countable, uncountable] 🔊 🔊 a hole made through part of your body so that you can put jewellery there, or the process of making these holes
Examples from the Corpus
piercingFacials, body massage, ear piercing - it's all on offer.
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