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Meaning of "piercing" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF PIERCING

piercing  [ˈpɪəsɪŋ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PIERCING

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Piercing can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES PIERCING MEAN IN ENGLISH?

piercing

Body piercing

Body piercing, a form of body modification, is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which jewellery may be worn. The word piercing can refer to the act or practice of body piercing, or to an opening in the body created by this act or practice. Although the history of body piercing is obscured by popular misinformation and by a lack of scholarly reference, ample evidence exists to document that it has been practiced in various forms by both sexes since ancient times throughout the world. Ear piercing and nose piercing have been particularly widespread and are well represented in historical records and among grave goods. The oldest mummified remains ever discovered were sporting earrings, attesting to the existence of the practice more than 5,000 years ago. Nose piercing is documented as far back as 1500 BC. Piercings of these types have been documented globally, while lip and tongue piercings were historically found in African and American tribal cultures.

Definition of piercing in the English dictionary

The first definition of piercing in the dictionary is sharp and shrill. Other definition of piercing is intense and penetrating. Piercing is also strong and deeply affecting.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PIERCING


aliasing
ˈeɪlɪəsɪŋ
armour-piercing
ˈɑːməˌpɪəsɪŋ
canvassing
ˈkænvəsɪŋ
caucussing
ˈkɔːkəsɪŋ
ear-piercing
ɪə ˈpɪəsɪŋ
embarrassing
ɪmˈbærəsɪŋ
focussing
ˈfəʊkəsɪŋ
hocus-pocussing
ˌhəʊkəsˈpəʊkəsɪŋ
hocussing
ˈhəʊkəsɪŋ
terracing
ˈtɛrəsɪŋ
unbiassing
ʌnˈbaɪəsɪŋ
untrespassing
ʌnˈtrɛspəsɪŋ
waitressing
ˈweɪtrəsɪŋ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PIERCING

pier
pier glass
pier table
pierage
pierce
pierceable
piercer
piercingly
piercingness
pierhead
Pieria
Pierian
Pierian Spring
pierid
Pierides
pieridine
pieris
Piero della Francesca
Piero di Cosimo
pierogi

WORDS THAT END LIKE PIERCING

balancing
body piercing
bouncing
convincing
ear piercing
facing
fencing
financing
homesourcing
horse racing
insourcing
outsourcing
placing
pricing
racing
resourcing
servicing
sourcing
spacing
tracing

Synonyms and antonyms of piercing in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «PIERCING»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «piercing» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of piercing

Translation of «piercing» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PIERCING

Find out the translation of piercing to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of piercing from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «piercing» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

穿刺
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

piercing
570 millions of speakers

English

piercing
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

भेदी
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

ثَقْب
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

пирсинг
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

piercing
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

তীক্ষ্ন
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

piercing
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Menindik
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Piercing
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ピアス
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

피어싱
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Piercing
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

lỗ bấm
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

துளையிடுதல்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

छेदन
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

delici
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

piercing
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

przekłucie
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

пірсинг
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

gaură
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

πίρσινγκ
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

piercing
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

genomträngande
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

piercing
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of piercing

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PIERCING»

The term «piercing» is very widely used and occupies the 8.955 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PIERCING» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about piercing

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10 QUOTES WITH «PIERCING»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word piercing.
1
Geraldine Brooks
Even the classics that we read to our young children are full of wolves' fangs and burning ovens and bloody feet and ice shards piercing hearts. Even the New Testament climaxes with an act of unspeakable torture. Might as well just read to our kids from the Amnesty Annual Report and be done with it.
2
Max Cannon
I am too old for an eyebrow piercing but too young for an eyebrow lift.
3
Alan Cumming
Kids are more genuine. When they come up and want to talk to you, they don't have an agenda. It's more endearing and less piercing to your aura.
4
Junot Diaz
People are always fascinated by infidelity because, in the end - whether we've had direct experience or not - there's part of you that knows there's absolutely no more piercing betrayal. People are undone by it.
5
Peter Dinklage
When people are infected by my charm, they don't see my size. My piercing deep blue eyes are distracting.
6
Michael Eric Dyson
Body piercing and baggy clothes express identity among black youth, and not just beginning with hip-hop culture. Moreover, young black entrepreneurs like Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs and Russell Simmons have made millions from their clothing lines.
7
Feist
When I first played '1234' it was on stage in San Francisco at some kind of, like, sticky-floored club. And it felt like a punk song. I mean it's ridiculous to say that now, but it had that kind of, like, piercing straight melody. And then this fist-pumping ending, you know that pa-dap-pada.
8
Robert Fitzgerald
Words began to appear in English and to make some kind of equivalent. For what satisfaction it is hard to say, except that something seems unusually piercing, living, handsome, in another language, and since English is yours, you wish it to be there too.
9
Barbara Hepworth
I felt the most intense pleasure in piercing the stone in order to make an abstract form and space; quite a different sensation from that of doing it for the purpose of realism.
10
James Herriot
I am never at my best in the early morning, especially a cold morning in the Yorkshire spring with a piercing March wind sweeping down from the fells, finding its way inside my clothing, nipping at my nose and ears.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PIERCING»

Discover the use of piercing in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to piercing and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Piercing
In Piercing, Murakami, in his own unique style, explores themes of child abuse and what happens to the voiceless among us, weaving a disturbing, spare tale of two people who find each other and then are forced into hurting each other deeply ...
Ryu Murakami, 2007
2
Body piercing and tattoos
The selections in this volume explore the history of tattoos and body piercing, the reasons people practice body modification, and the controversial nature of these trends.
J. D. Lloyd, 2003
3
Piercing Bible
" --DAVID A. VIDRA, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF HEALTH EDUCATORS, INC. "No one is more qualified to write this book than Elayne Angel. With more than three decades of personal experience to her credit, no one knows the subject better.
Elayne Angel, 2011
4
Body Marks: Tattooing, Piercing, and Scarification
Discusses the history of various forms of body marking, current popularity of body piercing and tattoos, how and why these are done, and some things to think about before choosing to be pierced or tattooed.
Kathlyn Gay, Christine Whittington, 2002
5
Piercing the Darkness: A Novel
Now in ebook, the classic sequel to bestseller This Present Darkness, about another small town in the midst of an unseen supernatural battle for truth.
Frank Peretti, 2012
6
Play Piercing
This is the first book to explain in detail the hows and whys of this fascinating practice, and offers detailed, responsible information on anatomy, safety and resources for play piercers.
Deborah Addington, 2006
7
Tattooing and Body Piercing
Discusses the history of tattooing and body piercing, the process of each procedure, the risks involved, other options, and tips for making decisions about getting body modification.
Bonnie B. Graves, 2000
8
Body Piercing Saved My Life: Inside the Phenomenon of ...
Body Piercing Saved My Life is the first in-depth journalistic investigation into a subculture so large that it's erroneous to even call it a subculture: Christian rock.
Andrew Beaujon, 2007
9
Body Piercing and Tattooing: The Hidden Dangers of Body Art
The author provides students with a realistic overview of the health risks associated with both practices, noting recent infections that originated from equipment used by various unlicensed body artists and the potential link between ...
Sawyer, CREATESPACE, 2008
10
Frequently Asked Questions about Body Piercing and Tattooing
Discusses body piercing and tattooing, including its rise in popularity, the process of body modification, the risks involved, and common myths about body modification.
Sarah Sawyer, 2008

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PIERCING»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term piercing is used in the context of the following news items.
1
How One Photographer Captured A Piercing Gaze That Shook The …
As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when ... «NPR, Jul 15»
2
South Africa: Man Survives 1.8m Steel Rod Piercing Through His Body
That is the only way Daniel de Wet can describe falling onto a large metal rod, having it pierce through his thigh, exit through his upper back ... «AllAfrica.com, Jul 15»
3
Man survives 1.8m steel rod piercing through his body
That is the only way Daniel de Wet can describe falling onto a large metal rod, having it pierce through his thigh, exit through his upper back ... «News24, Jul 15»
4
Benefits by the Sea's Louise Shaw accused of child abuse after …
A mother from a town where half of the residents are living on benefits has been accused of child abuse after piercing babies' ears for £10. «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
5
Ashley's Piercing 'Blade,'Haynes' Americana Sidestep & More
Ashley Monroe: The Blade (Warner Music Nashville) For all the talk of “Bro-country,” certainly as fascinating a topic as “Glitter Rock” and “Hair ... «Yahoo Music, Jul 15»
6
Woman arrested for underage piercing
GALESBURG — Police arrested a Galesburg woman Wednesday afternoon for piercing the naval of a 12-year-old girl without parental consent ... «Galesburg Register-Mail, Jul 15»
7
Deputies Find "Piercing" Bullets At Martin Shooting
Cronin says the armor piercing bullets can be purchased online. The sheriff's department does not know how Martin got the bullets, but an ... «WKEF ABC 22, Jul 15»
8
Christopher Foley: Brute with ''piercing eyes'' who killed his girlfriend …
A brute with ''piercing eyes'' who used a pair of scissors to murder his girlfriend after a string of beatings was jailed for life today. Christopher ... «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»
9
11 Creative Cartilage Piercings That'll Give You Major Piercing
You know that moment when you get super obsessed with a certain type of piercing or tattoo and you go through these various emotional stages that very much ... «Bustle, Jul 15»
10
iPhone Feature Tangerine Is an Exuberant, Piercing Comedy
There's probably only one humanist film that opens with the words, “Merry Christmas Eve, bitch!” accompanied by the proffering of a single, ... «Houston Press, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Piercing [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/piercing>. Jul 2020 ».
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