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pĕnē^tro , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. and n. root pa- of pasco; v. penates.
I. Act.
A. To put, place, or set any thing into any thing (ante- and post-class.; v. Brix ad Plaut. Trin. 1, 2, 109).
1. Lit.: “penetrare pedem intra aedes,Plaut. Men. 5, 2, 64; 2, 3, 49: quo illic homo foras se penetrat ex aedibus? to betake one's self, go in any direction, id. Trin. 2, 2, 1: “me ad pluris penetravi,id. ib. v. 14: “se in fugam,to take to flight, id. Am. 1, 1, 94: “in eam (specum) me penetro et recondo,Gell. 5, 14, 18.—To enter, penetrate: “ea intra pectus se penetravit potio,Plaut. Truc. 1, 1, 23.—In the same sense, mid.: “quae penetrata queunt sensum progignere acerbum,having entered, having penetrated, Lucr. 4, 670; 1246.—
B. Aliquid, to pierce into any thing; to enter, penetrate any thing (poet. and in post-Aug. prose).
2. Trop.: “id Tiberii animum altius penetravit,Tac. A. 1, 69; cf. id. ib. 3, 4.—With subject-clause: “tum penetrabat eos, posse haec, etc.,it entered their thoughts, it occurred to them, Lucr. 5, 1262.—
II. Neutr., to enter, penetrate into any place or thing, betake one's self (class.; cf.: pervado, permano).
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