• WordNet 3.6
    • adj penetrative 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"
    • adj penetrative 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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.
    • Penetrative Acute; discerning; sagacious; as, penetrative wisdom. "The penetrative eye.""Led on by skill of penetrative soul."
    • Penetrative Having the power to affect or impress the mind or heart; impressive; as, penetrative shame.
    • Penetrative Tending to penetrate; of a penetrating quality; piercing; as, the penetrative sun. "His look became keen and penetrative ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Certain fireflies emit a light so penetrating that it can pass through flesh and wood.
    • penetrative Penetrating; piercing; keen; subtle; permeating.
    • penetrative Acute; discerning; sagacious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Penetrative tending to penetrate: piercing: sagacious: affecting the mind
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. pénétratif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. penetrāre, -ātumpenes, within.


In literature:

One thing alone pleased him: Daubrecq had not penetrated his disguise.
"The Crystal Stopper" by Maurice LeBlanc
By degrees his eyes faintly penetrated the darkness.
"The Vanished Messenger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
In vain, however, did she display all the penetration of which she was capable.
"Other People's Money" by Emile Gaboriau
The Czar fixed a penetrating look upon him without uttering a word, whilst Michael stood perfectly motionless.
"Michael Strogoff" by Jules Verne
But his first thought, his penetrating thought, was not for her and he saw only the answering glance, the patient smile.
"Initials Only" by Anna Katharine Green
It took a full minute for the real import of things to penetrate my dazed intelligence.
"The Man in Lower Ten" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
A gust of wind, raw and penetrating, laden with dust and stinging sand, swept full in her face.
"The Call of the Canyon" by Zane Grey
Let us penetrate yet deeper into the wallet-bearer's stupidity.
"The Life of the Spider" by J. Henri Fabre
Absence and change of scene had in no respect weakened my desire to penetrate the mystery of Uncle George's disappearance.
"The Queen of Hearts" by Wilkie Collins
It is the penetrating spirit of our century, which has been aptly called the Woman's Century.
"The Women of the French Salons" by Amelia Gere Mason

In poetry:

There is a smile of practiced art,
More false than treason's kiss;
But penetrate that dual heart,
And hear the serpent's hiss.
"Smiles." by Alfred Castner King
Our God is nigh;
He watches all we think or do:
Rolls o'er all time His penetrating eye,
And tracks the round our steps pursue.
"God always nigh" by John Bowring
But rays from Heaven, white and whole,
May penetrate the gloom of earth;
And tears but nourish, in your soul,
The glory of celestial mirth.
"As Winds That Blow Against A Star" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
"'We do accept it: lower than the shoals
We skim, this diver went, nor did create,
But find it for us deeper in our souls
Than we can penetrate.'
"Honours -- Part I" by Jean Ingelow
And build new fires, and gather dewy flowers,
Let the pure air into the vacant room,
So light, and bloom, and sweetness, all
Shall penetrate its gloom.
"The Criminal's Betrothed" by Marietta Holley
Salut au monde!
What cities the light or warmth penetrates, I penetrate those cities
All islands to which birds wing their way, I wing my way myself.
"Salut Au Monde" by Walt Whitman

In news:

It's not a 'moonshot' to double residential penetration to 40 percent.
's Office said that under state law, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse is defined as penetrating a victim's mouth with one's penis, however slightly.
Revision of F1359 - 07 Standard Test Method for Liquid Penetration Resistance of Protective Clothing or Protective Ensembles Under a Shower Spray While on a Mannequin.
'Usage of Traditional Media Falls as iPad Penetration Increases,' Says the Snugg.
US business fiber penetration increases to 32.
New Test Method for Measuring the Ballistic Penetration Resistance of Composite Materials.
This method measures the penetration resistance of a flat composite panel impacted by a blunt projectile with a defined geometry.
Smartphone Penetration Explodes in 2011, iPhone Takes Top Spot.
LiveVox, the provider of the Private VoIP Cloud and integrated contact center applications, has added account penetration settings to its predictive dialer compliance suite.
Proactive, Aggressive Network Penetration Testing Lacking in Organizations.
LiveVox, a provider of cloud contact center solutions, today released its account penetration analytics for predictive dialer calling campaigns.
Core Insight Enterprise identifies critical systems in the business and runs a series of automated penetration tests to verify security controls.
Core Security Penetration Testing Tool Focuses on Critical Assets.
HD Penetration nears 50 Percent.
Broadband Penetration Grows Worldwide Jun 10, 2010 Printable format Email this Article Search.

In science:

Here, we use G(0, s) = 0, which means that it is impossible to penetrate to the non-existing layer r = 0, and G(M + 1, s) = G(M , s) so that between layer M and M + 1 we have a reflecting boundary condition.
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory
The stellar wind plasma penetrates into the neutron star light cylinder and interacts with the star magnetosphere.
On the duration of the subsonic propeller state of neutron stars in wind-fed mass-exchange close binary systems
In this situation the plasma being penetrated from the base of the envelope into the star magnetic field is able to flow along the magnetic field lines and to accrete onto the star surface.
On the duration of the subsonic propeller state of neutron stars in wind-fed mass-exchange close binary systems
However the effective plasma penetration into the magnetosphere does not occur, if the magnetospheric boundary is interchange stable.
On the duration of the subsonic propeller state of neutron stars in wind-fed mass-exchange close binary systems
This is in complete agreement with the fact that, when ǫ = ηj (n)/η0 → 0, the effective wavenumber neff never penetrates the region where the WKB approximation is violated.
Trans-Planckian Physics and the Spectrum of Fluctuations in a Bouncing Universe