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piercing
     adj 1: 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 penetrative
            observations" [syn: {acute}, {discriminating}, {incisive},
             {keen}, {knifelike}, {penetrating}, {penetrative}, {sharp}]
     2: high-pitched and sharp; "piercing screams"; "a shrill
        whistle" [syn: {shrill}, {sharp}]
     3: 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" [syn: {cutting}, {keen},
         {knifelike}, {stabbing}, {lancinate}, {lancinating}]
     4: suitable for cutting or piercing; "incisive teeth"; "the
        piercing needle" [syn: {incisive}]
     5: loud and sharp; "the piercing shriek of sirens"
Source: WordNet® 2.0


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