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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pen·e·tra·ting a.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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"
         [syn: penetrative]