verb (used with object), pen·e·trat·ed, pen·e·trat·ing.
verb (used without object), pen·e·trat·ed, pen·e·trat·ing.
- penetrant gene,
- penetrating wound,
- penetration aid,
Origin of penetrate
Examples from the Web for penetrate
He remains busy trying to penetrate the shield with something much smarter.A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat|Clive Irving|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How secure could the border possibly be if 5-year-olds can penetrate it?Didn't Obama Hear Oregon’s Warning Shot on Immigration?|Doug McIntyre|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The leads in Blue Is the Warmest Color scissor in a dozen different positions but we never once see them penetrate each other.I Tried Cosmo’s Lesbian Sex Tips and They Were Terrible|Samantha Allen|July 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are some areas in the Bekaa Valley and Hermel where the government and the army have been unable to penetrate.
He planned to use the C4 explosives to make shaped changes with which he could penetrate armored car doors.Far-Right Texas Terrorist Planned Murder And Robbery Spree in the Name of ‘Liberty’|Caitlin Dickson|April 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They availed themselves of a very hard winter to penetrate into the land over the frozen water.
No face looked out from it; it was also impossible to penetrate into it.Arundel|Edward Frederic Benson
Emerson looked at life in order to penetrate it; Hawthorne, in order to comprehend it, and assimilate it to his own nature.The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne|Frank Preston Stearns
Since the air molecules are continually striking the surface of the liquid, many of them penetrate it and become absorbed.Physics|Willis Eugene Tower
I shall do my best to entertain two callers charitable enough to penetrate a sere and yellow bachelor's quarters.A Top-Floor Idyl|George van Schaick
Word Origin for penetrate
1520s, from Latin penetratus, past participle of penetrare "to put or get into, enter into," related to penitus "within, inmost," penus "innermost part of a temple, store of food," penates "household gods." Related: Penetrated; penetrating.