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Meaning of piercing by Wiktionary Dictionary

piercing


    Etymology

    From pierce + -ing

    Pronunciation

    • Rhymes: -ɪə( r )sɪŋ

    Verb

    piercing

    1. Present participle of pierce .

    Noun

    piercing ( countable and uncountable; plural: piercings )

    1. ( uncountable ) The action of the verb to pierce
    2. A hole made in the body so that jewellery/jewelry can be worn through it
      ear piercing
    3. The jewelry itself

    Adjective

    piercing ( comparative more piercing, superlative most piercing )

    1. Anything or anyone that pierces .
      piercing eyes
      The piercing noise of the children could be heard two blocks from the elementary school .


Explanation of piercing by Wordnet Dictionary

piercing


    Adjective
    1. painful as if caused by a sharp instrument

    2. piercing knifelike pains
      piercing cold
      piercing criticism
    3. having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions