NOTE: Compare carefully to senses 2 and 3, in sense 1 NP1 is not a sound, and is not abstract. A concrete NP1 must pierce NP2.
His knife pierced the flesh.
The path pierced the jungle.
Light pierced through the forest.
It was pierced by a wagon gate built of two wings.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4, 5
Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[topic[abstract]] PIERCE NP2[patient]
The cold pierced her bones.
Her words pierced the students.
The whole situation pierced her psyche.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2
NOTE: Thing piercing must be a noise. This is a subsense of Sense 1.
The scream pierced the night.
The music pierced the fog bank, sending Brahms into the port..
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3