Penetrating


Penetrating
Penetrate Pen"e*trate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Penetrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Penetrating}.] [L. penetratus, p. p. of penetrare to penetrate; akin to penitus inward, inwardly, and perh. to pens with, in the power of, penus store of food, innermost part of a temple.] 1. To enter into; to make way into the interior of; to effect an entrance into; to pierce; as, light penetrates darkness. [1913 Webster]

2. To affect profoundly through the senses or feelings; to touch with feeling; to make sensible; to move deeply; as, to penetrate one's heart with pity. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The translator of Homer should penetrate himself with a sense of the plainness and directness of Homer's style. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]

3. To pierce into by the mind; to arrive at the inner contents or meaning of, as of a mysterious or difficult subject; to comprehend; to understand. [1913 Webster]

Things which here were too subtile for us to penetrate. --Ray. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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