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PIERCING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does piercing mean? 

PIERCING (adjective)
  The adjective PIERCING has 5 senses:

1. having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
2. having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones
3. as physically painful as if caused by a sharp instrument
4. suitable for cutting or piercing
5. loud and sharp

  Familiarity information: PIERCING used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PIERCING (adjective)


Sense 1piercing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

Synonyms:

piercing; penetrative; incisive; keen; penetrating; knifelike; discriminating; acute; sharp

Context examples:

an acute observer of politics and politicians / incisive comments / icy knifelike reasoning / as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang / penetrating insight / frequent penetrative observations

Similar:

perceptive (having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment)


Sense 2piercing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones

Synonyms:

shrill; piercing; sharp

Context examples:

piercing screams / a shrill whistle / a shrill gaiety

Similar:

high; high-pitched (used of sounds and voices; high in pitch or frequency)


Sense 3piercing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

As physically painful as if caused by a sharp instrument

Synonyms:

lancinating; lancinate; stabbing; knifelike; cutting; piercing; keen

Context examples:

a cutting wind / keen winds / knifelike cold / piercing knifelike pains / piercing cold / piercing criticism / a stabbing pain / lancinating pain

Similar:

sharp (keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point)


Sense 4piercing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suitable for cutting or piercing

Synonyms:

incisive; piercing

Context examples:

incisive teeth / the piercing needle

Similar:

sharp (having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing)


Sense 5piercing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Loud and sharp

Context example:

the piercing shriek of sirens

Similar:

cacophonic; cacophonous (having an unpleasant sound)


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