Pen·e·trate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Penetrated p. pr. & vb. n. Penetrating.]
1. To enter into; to make way into the interior of; to effect an entrance into; to pierce; as, light penetrates darkness.
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.
The translator of Homer should penetrate himself with a sense of the plainness and directness of Homer's style. --M. Arnold.
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.
Things which here were too subtile for us to penetrate. --Ray.
1. Having the power of entering, piercing, or pervading; sharp; subtile; penetrative; as, a penetrating odor.
2. Acute; discerning; sagacious; quick to discover; as, a penetrating mind.
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, penetrative, piercing, sharp]
2: tending to penetrate; having the power of entering or
piercing; "a toxic penetrative spray applied to the
surface"; "a cold penetrating wind"; "a penetrating odor"