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Meaning of piercing

pierc•ing

Pronunciation: (pēr'sing), [key]
— adj.
  1. loud or shrill, as the quality of a voice.
  2. extremely cold or bitter: a piercing wind.
  3. appearing to gaze deeply or penetratingly into something: piercing eyes.
  4. perceptive or aware; acute: a piercing mind.
  5. sarcastic or caustic; cutting: piercing remarks.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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