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Each foot hair of a gecko is divided inot hundreds of tips that are so tiny that they can dig into a surface as smooth as glass.

I'd like to pinpoint the meaning of the part in bold. Does it mean "reach/get/pierce into ...?" Thanks.
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Hi,

Each foot hair of a gecko is divided into hundreds of tips that are so tiny that they can dig into a surface as smooth as glass.

I'd like to pinpoint the meaning of the part in bold. Does it mean "reach/get/pierce into ...?" 'Pierce', to get a grip on such a surface.

Best wishes, Clive
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CliveHi,

Each foot hair of a gecko is divided into hundreds of tips that are so tiny that they can dig into a surface as smooth as glass.

I'd like to pinpoint the meaning of the part in bold. Does it mean "reach/get/pierce into ...?" 'Pierce', to get a grip on such a surface.

Best wishes, Clive

Thanks, Clive, for the reply.

Just to make sure, do you mean it could be replaced by all of my suggestions except that pierce is a transitive verb?
Hi,

No. 'Dig' and 'pierce' both have the idea of using force to penetrate the surface. 'Reach' and 'get' do not have this idea of force.

Clive
CliveHi,

No. 'Dig' and 'pierce' both have the idea of using force to penetrate the surface. 'Reach' and 'get' do not have this idea of force.

Clive

Thanks, Clive, for the further explanation.

I get it now.
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