1. to puncture; to break through
    The diver pierced the surface of the water with scarcely a splash.
    to pierce the enemy's line; a shot pierced the ship
  2. to create a hole in the skin for the purpose of inserting jewelry
    Can you believe he pierced his tongue?
  3. to break or interrupt abruptly
    A scream pierced the darkness.
  4. To penetrate; to affect deeply.
    to pierce a mystery

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