pierce /ˈpiɚs/ verb pierc·es; pierced; pierc·ing
to make a hole in or through (something) [+ obj
] ▪ The needle pierced her skin. ▪ The bullet pierced his lung. ▪ She had her ears pierced. = She pierced her ears. [=she had holes made in her ears so that she could wear earrings]
] ▪ The needle pierced into her skin. ▪ The bullet pierced through his lung.
to go through or into (something) in a forceful or noticeable way [+ obj
] ▪ A scream pierced the silence. ▪ The fog was pierced by a dim light. [=a dim light could be seen through the fog]
] — often + through ▪ The flashlight pierced through the darkness. ▪ A scream pierced through the air. ▪ The troops pierced through the enemy's defenses.