Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To thrust into, penetrate, or transfix, with a pointed instrument.“I pierce . . . her tender side.”
To penetrate; to enter; to force a way into or through; to pass into or through;
piercethe enemy’s line; a shot
Fig.: To penetrate; to affect deeply;“Pierced with grief.”
Can no prayers
To enter; to penetrate; to make a way into or through something, as a pointed instrument does; – used literally and figuratively.
piercedto the skin, but bit no more.
She would not
piercefurther into his meaning.
Sir P. Sidney.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To thrust into with a pointed instrument; as, to pierce the body with a sword or spear; to pierce the side with a thorn.
2.To penetrate; to enter; to force a way into; as, a column of troops pierced the main body of the enemy; a shot pierced the ship.
3.To penetrate the heart deeply; to touch the passions; to excite or affect the passions. 1 Tim.6.
4.To dive or penetrate into, as a secret or purpose.
1.To penetrate; to force a way into or through any thing. The shot pierced through the side of the ship.
Her tears will pierce into a marble heart.
2.To enter; to dive or penetrate, as into a secret.
She would not pierce further into his meaning than himself should declare.
3.To affect deeply.