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.
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- 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
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- The translator of Homer should penetrate himself with a sense of the plainness and directness of Homer's style.
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- To infiltrate an enemy to gather intelligence.
- To insert the penis into an opening, such as a vagina or anus. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (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, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- penetrate at OneLook Dictionary Search
- present adverbial passive participle of penetri