• WordNet 3.6
    • adv penetratively with ability to see into deeply "the author treats his subject penetratingly"
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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.
    • penetratively In a penetrative manner; with penetration.
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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.
    • adv Penetratively in a penetrative manner
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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:

The sun, already high, penetrated into the room through the window, the curtains of which Raoul had neglected to close on the previous evening.
"Twenty Years After" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
A hot sun soon penetrated to the surface of the island.
"The Mysterious Island" by Jules Verne
She encompasses me, she penetrates me.
"Salammbo" by Gustave Flaubert
To a shower of gold most things are penetrable.
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
She removed her tentacle, placed her two arms on his shoulders and penetrated with her eyes right into his very soul.
"A Voyage to Arcturus" by David Lindsay
Both air and light, therefore, penetrated in some measure into the glade.
"The Underground City" by Jules Verne
The sunlight cannot penetrate to more than a hundred feet.
"Tom Swift and his Undersea Search" by Victor Appleton
His filial experience penetrated the mystery of Mr. Clare's motives easily enough.
"No Name" by Wilkie Collins
His words penetrated the heart whose very lightness was its safest armor.
"The Voice of the City" by O. Henry
No railroads had yet penetrated this wild region, and the way south grew wilder and wilder.
"The Valley of the Moon" by Jack London

In poetry:

Horizons, full of night's midsummer blaze;
Perhaps, if winter once could penetrate
Through all its purples to the final slate,
Persisting bleakly in an icy haze;
"The Man Whose Pharynx Was Bad" by Wallace Stevens
All is finished. The rain penetrates his mouth.
The air, as if mad, leaves his sunken chest,
and Love, soaked through with tears of snow,
warms itself on the peak of the herd.
"Lament For Ignacio Sanchez Mejias" by Federico Garcia Lorca
The sun can penetrate the thickest cloud,
And soap can scour the foulest garments bright —
Christ's merits thy enormous sins can shrowd,
His blood can make thee as the lily white.
"An Excellent Consolation To The Sad Soul Against Despair" by Rees Prichard
Dawn arrives and no one receives it in his mouth
because morning and hope are impossible there:
sometimes the furious swarming coins
penetrate like drills and devour abandoned children.
"Dawn" by Federico Garcia Lorca
Within their austere walls no voices penetrate;
A sacred silence only, as of death, obtains;
Nothing finds entry here of loud or passionate;
This quiet is the exceeding profit of their pains.
"Carthusians" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Well, we stood him for a month until he well nigh drove us mad.
And as jeering couldn't penetrate his hide
We fixed a little scheme for to dissipate his dream,
And sicken him of mining till he died.
"Hopeful Hawkins" by C J Dennis

In news:

The calculation of whether to patch or not is governed by the trade-off between the risk of installing a defective patch versus the risk of a penetration, which pits two equally important objectives against one another.
The small molecular size of the stain repellents facilitates penetration into the surface, where the repellents chemically bond to most construction substrates, the company says.
Bachmann Calls For ' penetrating Expose' On 'anti-Americans' In Congress.
If the " penetration " of wind energy is less than some threshold, they argue, the system can manage it at negligible cost, just as it handles the unavoidable variability in the load.
Penetrating the Secrets Of the Harsh Red Planet.
Penetrating oil lasts longer.
Southern California Edison High- Penetration Photovoltaic Project – Year 1.
A Lincoln County grand jury indicted David M Hubbard Friday on charges of kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration , false imprisonment and impersonating a peace officer, according to district court documents.
Smart-TV Penetration Lagging in U.S. Products & Strategies for Consumer Technology Retailing.
North America consumes the highest level of Internet-based video, including video-on-demand, yet has the lowest penetration of connected televisions, according to a new report from NPD DisplaySearch.
Pilgrim of the Strings, the new recording from acoustic guitarist Jean- Pierre Chassé is a lush embroidery of ambient soundscapes tooled in penetrating improvisations, protracting arpeggios and melodic fractals.
Lime Energy can audit your current energy usage, inventory building envelope penetrations and identify areas with the greatest improvement potential.
Shark Industries's Pro-Tack Plastic Welder comes with seven staple shapes that penetrate into the plastic of many products, including bumpers.
The Beat Farmers, Mojo Nixon, Elvis Presley, Kinky Friedman, the Blasters, X, the Penetrators, Dr Hook and the Medicine Show, Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen, Johnny Cash.
This technology also improves penetration through obstructions such as trees.

In science:

When these penetrators strike a hard target, such as a tank, a large fraction of their kinetic energy is converted into heat in less than a millisecond.
A comparison of delayed radiobiological effects of depleted-uranium munitions versus fourth-generation nuclear weapons
On the other hand, although large-scale shocks (which may extend over 1 − 5h−1 Mpc) are indeed seen in numerical simulations to envelop and penetrate deep inside clusters (e.g., Miniati et al. 2000) it is difficult to estimate their efficiency.
The phase-diagram of the IGM and the entropy floor of groups and clusters: are clusters born warm?
We report on the properties deduced from these models for both the extent of penetration and the profile of rotation sustained by the convection.
Looking Deep Within an A-type Star: Core Convection Under the Influence of Rotation
With this definitions in place Farhi and Gutmann study the penetration of graphs by the quantum random walk.
Quantum random walks - an introductory overview
This makes The discrete time quantum walk turns out to do worse: the classical task of penetrating the graph from root to root Its mixing time Mǫ is at least d3/2/ǫ.
Quantum random walks - an introductory overview