• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Penetrativeness The quality of being penetrative.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Starch is used as a binder in the production of paper. It is the use of a starch coating that controls ink penetration when printing. Cheaper papers do not use as much starch, and this is why your elbows get black when you are leaning over your morning paper.
    • n penetrativeness Penetrating quality or power.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Certain fireflies emit a light so penetrating that it can pass through flesh and wood.
    • n Penetrativeness the quality of being penetrative: penetrative power
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  • Walter Benjamin
    “Separation penetrates the disappearing person like a pigment and steeps him in gentle radiance.”
  • William J. Durant
    “Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.”
  • Gerard De Nerval
    Gerard De Nerval
    “Our dreams are a second life. I have never been able to penetrate without a shudder those ivory or horned gates which separate us from the invisible world.”
  • Niccolo Machiavelli
    “Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.”
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Igor Stravinsky
    “Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being?”
  • Sir Thomas Beecham
    Sir Thomas Beecham
    “Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. penetrāre, -ātumpenes, within.


In literature:

But here were books, and here were men who had penetrated deeper and knew more.
"Frankenstein" by Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
The outside air penetrated to them through me.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
She flushed to think that her words, or her husband's, or Rachel's had penetrated and stung.
"The Voyage Out" by Virginia Woolf
It penetrated through the curtains; it was loud, it was bold, it was wanting in every female charm.
"The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins
Their voices were high and penetrating.
"The Awakening and Selected Short Stories" by Kate Chopin
Dismal and dense was the wilderness which they were now to penetrate.
"The Life of Francis Marion" by William Gilmore Simms
They penetrated the rooms or rather dens, inhabited by the astonished squaws.
"The Oregon Trail" by Francis Parkman, Jr.
At sunset he penetrated the brakes of willow and cottonwood to spend the night.
"The Lone Star Ranger" by Zane Grey
They might yet be useful in certain environments into which the higher machines have not penetrated.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
It was not a loud note, but it was singularly penetrating, carrying far through the forest.
"The Scouts of the Valley" by Joseph A. Altsheler

In poetry:

I dreamed not we should meet again;--
But fate was kind,
Once more my heart o'er fraught with pain,
To joy inclined.
It seemed thy soul had power to penetrate
My inmost self, changing at will my state.
"The Open Gates" by John Hartley
Oft do I dream this strange and penetrating dream:
An unknown woman, whom I love, who loves me well,
Who does not every time quite change, nor yet quite dwell
The same,--and loves me well, and knows me as I am.
"Mon Reve Familier" by Paul Verlaine
Oft do I dream this strange and penetrating dream:
An unknown woman, whom I love, who loves me well,
Who does not every time quite change, nor yet quite dwell
The same,—and loves me well, and knows me as I am.
"Oft Do I Dream" by Paul Verlaine
Rho. I tell thee (brazen Colosse) marble statue,
Whose heart loves darts could never penetrate;
Love is the Prince of all affections,
And like the element of fire transcends
His brothers in activity and splendour.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act I" by Ralph Knevet
But not before they penetrated through the British square,
Which was a critical moment to the British, I declare,
Owing to the great number of the Arabs,
Who rushed against their bayonets and received fearful stabs.
"The Battle of Abu Klea" by William Topaz McGonagall
The pale-bright margins of the streams are seen by none;
Rushes and sweeps along the untamable flood on every side —
It penetrates and fills the cottagers' dwellings far and wide —
Water and land are blent in one.
"O'Hussey's Ode To The Maguire" by James Clarence Mangan

In news:

WK33159 Standard Test Method for Liquid Penetration Resistance of Protective Clothing or Protective Ensembles Under a Shower Spray While on a Mannequin .
Karen Wooley, the chemist who created them, has shown that her knedels can penetrate living cells when attached to a protein that acts as a key.
Scandal can't penetrate NFL's defense.
The penetration of network video surveillance equipment was significantly lower than in mid-to-enterprise tiers.
In a market, where price is a key (occasionally sole) consideration, this is a significant inhibitor to market penetration .
In some cases, he said, hackers have penetrated corporate networks so thoroughly that companies have had to jettison hardware and software before recovering.
Good linkup might help Microsoft penetrate corporate sector with Windows Phone.
Other possible transport pathways for the deep viral contamination include an abandoned (and unknown) deep well, which may penetrate the Eau Claire aquitard and a leak where the municipal well penetrates the aquitard.
The US has uncovered evidence that cyberspies, most likely from China and Russia, have penetrated the US power grid and left behind software that could be activated to disrupt American infrastructure, FOX News confirmed Wednesday.
Ground- penetrating radar and ultra-sound can, at best, get just below the surface of the pyramid. Skin Integrity Products (SIP): Effective Distribution Networks Are Key to Penetrating Western European Market, Says Frost & Sullivan.
On the cover this week, Simon van Zuylen-Wood penetrates the gooey center of LivingSocial's HQ on 918 F St NW, a magical Shangri-La of ball pits, rock-climbing walls, beer-soaked parties, and deep-set brand allegiance.
Ground penetrating radar used at Odd Fellows Cemetery.
And excellent penetration , lapping performance, and uniform appearance, even on maple.
New data from Google released exclusively to Ad Age shows the share of smartphone users on a fast rise, at the expense of feature-phone penetration.

In science:

In the normal case, carriers do not penetrate far into the region of opposite charge because they annihilate by photon emission as soon as they do.
Moving Beyond a Simple Model of Luminescence Rings in Quantum Well Structures
It is sufficient to show that the cube [−1, 1]d is penetrated or touched only finitely often, coming from vertical direction (up or down).
Level Crossing Probabilities II: Polygonal Recurrence of Multidimensional Random Walks
In the case r > ψ( x) the photon was assumed to be able to penetrate the mask, whereas in the case r 6 ψ( x) the photon was taken to be absorbed by the mask.
Coded mask imaging of extended sources with Gaussian random fields
If the size R of the body is much larger than 1/mϕ in the field profile is flat inside it except for a shell of size ∼ 1/mϕ in and the scalar force do not penetrate inside it, a phenomenon analogous to the Meissner effect for superconductors, which was dubbed ‘thin-shell effect’ in ref. .
Dynamical Relaxation of the Dark Matter to Baryon Ratio
As we penetrate more and more into this black region, we reach a region of chaos.
Naimark-Sacker Bifurcations in Linearly Coupled Quadratic Maps