Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
result(s) from the 1913
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.
The translator of Homer should penetrate himself with a sense of the plainness and directness of Homer's style.
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.
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.
The sweet of life that penetrates so near.