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interpenetrate

[in-ter-pen-i-treyt] /ˌɪn tərˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪt/
verb (used with object), interpenetrated, interpenetrating.
1.
to penetrate thoroughly; permeate.
2.
to penetrate with (something else) mutually or reciprocally.
verb (used without object), interpenetrated, interpenetrating.
3.
to penetrate between things or parts.
4.
to penetrate each other.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; inter- + penetrate
Related forms
interpenetrable
[in-ter-pen-i-truh-buh l] /ˌɪn tərˈpɛn ɪ trə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
interpenetrant, adjective
interpenetration, noun
interpenetrative, adjective
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Examples from the web for interpenetrate
  • More's genius is of that high order in which the intellectual and moral powers seem to interpenetrate and vitalise each other.
  • When our eyes meet, our souls rush forth in them and seem to join and interpenetrate each other.
  • Argues that knowledge and power interpenetrate and act to produce and reproduce each other.
  • When gas puffs interpenetrate, many steepening pressure waves are formed that can become complex and turbulent.
  • The flexure hinge patterns interpenetrate in two orthogonal directions.
  • Since cracks can interpenetrate, the percolation model of randomly overlapping objects is physically appropriate.
  • The above principles tend to interpenetrate, inform, and influence one another.
British Dictionary definitions for interpenetrate

interpenetrate

/ˌɪntəˈpɛnɪˌtreɪt/
verb
1.
to penetrate (something) thoroughly; pervade
2.
to penetrate each other or one another mutually
Derived Forms
interpenetrable, adjective
interpenetrant, adjective
interpenetration, noun
interpenetrative, adjective
interpenetratively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interpenetrate
v.

1809, from inter- + penetrate. Related: Interpenetrated; interpenetrating.

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