penetrate

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penetrate into someone or something

to pierce into someone or something; to stick deep into someone or something. The lance penetrated into the knight, right through his armor. The bullet penetrated into the wall.
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penetrate something with something

to pierce something with something. I could not even penetrate the steel door with a cold chisel. It was easy to penetrate the lid with a can opener.
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penetrate through something

to pierce all the way through something. (Some people will view the through as redundant.) The bullet could not penetrate through the metal plating. It did not have enough force to penetrate through the steel.
See also: penetrate, through
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hen an army has penetrated into the heart of a hostile country, leaving a number of fortified cities in its rear, it is serious ground.
He sat all night on his stool, starting at the least noise; and when the first rays of the sun penetrated into his chamber, the dawn itself appeared to him to have taken funereal tints.
enteritidis penetrated inside the yolk content in 4% of contaminated egg samples that were refrigerated after two hours of storage at 30 C; in 15% of samples refrigerated after six hours of storage at 30 C; and in 40% of samples stored at 30 C for 24 hours.
Ocular injuries with sharp objects should carry a high index of suspicion that the globe might be penetrated.
1 : to pass into or through <A nail penetrated the tire.
To put it simply," Martin writes, "all penetrated men were malakoi [pl.
Because an injection creates tiny bubbles at a needle's tip, the scans revealed how far the needles had penetrated.
That is, they anally penetrated others as well as allowing others to anally penetrate them.
if the corporate email server is penetrated, the IP address information will falsely show that the email originated from inside the company.
The man was taken to an emergency department, where plain radiography revealed that the nail had penetrated the cranium (figure 1, A).
of the refractory lining to locate and remove the penetrated iron.
anyone who has been penetrated by a Mountie") why dancers are to be eliminated from further participation.
The green block is penetrated by diagonal routes that link it to the next strip: a formal paved square for civic functions and idling.
By projecting Back Door through this opening, Vacas makes clear that unsatisfied desire is the weak point of the protective barrier we try to erect around the self - when it is penetrated, we become vulnerable to pain and anguish.
Macau has systematically gone about building itself a strong modern telecommunications infrastructure and lays claim to a highly penetrated telecom market.