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.
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.
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
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
The sweet of life that penetrates so