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per-mĕo , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a.,
I.to go or pass through, to cross, traverse.
I. Lit.: “Euphrates mediam Babylonem permeans,Plin. 5, 26, 21, § 90: “Alpheus in insulā sub ima maria permeat,id. 31, 5, 30, § 55: in quos (barbaros) saxa et hastae longius permeabant, quam ut contrario sagittarum icto adaequarentur, traversed too much space, i. e. went too far in reaching them, etc., Tac. A. 15, 9: “Ister permeat orbem,Luc. 2, 418: “dum littera nostra Tot maria ac terras permeat,Ov. P. 4, 11, 16: “permeato amne,Amm. 21, 13, 2.—Impers. pass.: “iter, quo ab usque Pontico mari in Galliam permeatur,Aur. Vict. Caes. 13.—
B. Transf., to go forward, go on: “naviter et sine ullis concessationibus,Col. 11, 1, 16.—
II. Trop., to penetrate, pervade: “quod quaedam animalis intellegentia per omnia ea permeet et transeat,Cic. Ac. 2, 37, 119.
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