See also: penetrãte
- To enter into; to make way into the interior of; to pierce.
- Light penetrates darkness.
- 1879, Th Du Moncel, The Telephone, the Microphone and the Phonograph, Harper, page 166:
- He takes the prepared charcoal used by artists, brings it to a white heat, and suddenly plunges it in a bath of mercury, of which the globules instantly penetrate the pores of charcoal, and may be said to metallize it.
- (figuratively) To achieve understanding of, despite some obstacle; to comprehend; to understand.
- I could not penetrate Burke's opaque rhetoric.
- 1691, John Ray, The wisdom of God manifested in the works of the creation
- things which here were […] too subtile for us to penetrate
- To affect profoundly through the senses or feelings; to move deeply.
- to penetrate one's heart with pity
- 1867, Matthew Arnold, On the Study of Celtic Literature
- The translator of Homer should penetrate himself with a sense of the plainness and directness of Homer's style.
- 1611 April (first recorded performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Cymbeline”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act 2, scene 3]:
- I am advised to give her music o' mornings; they say it will penetrate
- To infiltrate an enemy to gather intelligence.
- To insert the penis into an opening, such as a vagina or anus.
- a male elephant comes up and penetrates the female
- (chess) To move a piece past the defending pieces of one's opponent.
insert the penis into an opening, such as a vagina
- penetrate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- penetrate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- penetrate at OneLook Dictionary Search
- present adverbial passive participle of penetri