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Dictionary definition for: Piercing

1. (s) having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "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 pene

2. (s) high-pitched and sharp; "piercing screams" "a shrill whistle"

3. (s) as physically painful as if caused by a sharp instrument; "a cutting wind" "keen winds" "knifelike cold" "piercing knifelike pains" "piercing cold" "piercing criticism" "a stabbing pain" "lancinating pain"

4. (s) suitable for cutting or piercing; "incisive teeth" "the piercing needle"

5. (s) loud and sharp; "the piercing shriek of sirens"

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