pen·e·trate /ˈpɛnəˌtret/ 動詞
Pen·e·trate, v. i. To pass; to make way; to pierce. Also used figuratively.
Preparing to penetrate to the north and west. --J. R. Green.
Born where Heaven's influence scarce can penetrate. --Pope.
The sweet of life that penetrates so near. --Daniel.
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.
v 1: pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; "The
bullet penetrated her chest" [syn: perforate]
2: come to understand [syn: fathom, bottom]
3: become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions; "It
dawned on him that she had betrayed him"; "she was
penetrated with sorrow" [syn: click, get through, dawn,
come home, get across, sink in, fall into place]
4: enter a group or organization in order to spy on the
members; "The student organization was infiltrated by a
traitor" [syn: infiltrate]
5: make one's way deeper into ar through; "The hikers did not
manage to penetrate the dense forest"
6: insert the penis into the vagina or anus of; "Did the
molester penetrate the child?"
7: spread or diffuse through; "An atmosphere of distrust has
permeated this administration"; "music penetrated the
entire building" [syn: permeate, pervade, interpenetrate,