1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A piercing sound or voice is high-pitched and very sharp and clear in an unpleasant way.

A piercing scream split the air.

...a piercing whistle.

Derived words:
piercingly ADV-GRADED

She screamed again, piercingly.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If someone has piercing eyes or a piercing stare, they seem to look at you very intensely. [WRITTEN]

...his sandy blond hair and piercing blue eyes...

He fixes you with a piercing stare.

Derived words:
piercingly ADV-GRADED

Ben looked at him piercingly.

3) ADJ-GRADED: ADJ n If you describe a quality or feeling as piercing, you mean that it makes you experience a feeling, especially sadness, very strongly. [LITERARY]

She was aware of a sharp piercing regret.

4) ADJ-GRADED A piercing wind makes you feel very cold.

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  • Piercing — Piercing. См. Прокалывание. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

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