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pen·e·tra·tion

 (pĕn′ĭ-trā′shən)
n.
1. The act or process of piercing or penetrating something, especially:
a. The act of entering a country or organization so as to establish influence or gain information.
b. An attack that penetrates enemy territory or a military front.
c. Insertion of the penis into the vagina or anus.
2. The power or ability to penetrate.
3. The depth reached by a projectile after hitting its target.
4.
a. The degree to which a commodity, for example, is sold or recognized in a particular market.
b. The extent of influence that one culture or nation has on another.
5. The capacity or action of understanding; insight.

penetration

(ˌpɛnɪˈtreɪʃən)
n
1. the act or an instance of penetrating
2. the ability or power to penetrate
3. keen insight or perception
4. (Military) military an offensive manoeuvre that breaks through an enemy's defensive position
5. (Commerce) Also called: market penetration the proportion of the total number of potential purchasers of a product or service who either are aware of its existence or actually buy it
6. (Photography) another name for depth of field

pen•e•tra•tion

(ˌpɛn ɪˈtreɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act or power of penetrating.
2. mental acuteness; discernment.
3. the obtaining of a share of a market for some commodity or service.
4. the extension of influence into the affairs of another nation.
5. a military attack that penetrates into enemy territory.
6. the depth to which a projectile goes into the target.
[1595–1605; < Late Latin penetrātiō. See penetrate, -tion]

penetration

In land operations, a form of offensive which seeks to break through the enemy's defense and disrupt the defensive system.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.penetration - an attack that penetrates into enemy territory
attack, onrush, onset, onslaught - (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); "the attack began at dawn"
interpenetration - the action of penetrating between or among
breakthrough - a penetration of a barrier such as an enemy's defense
invasion - the act of invading; the act of an army that invades for conquest or plunder
infiltration - a process in which individuals (or small groups) penetrate an area (especially the military penetration of enemy positions without detection)
foray, maraud, raid - a sudden short attack
2.penetration - clear or deep perception of a situation
perception - knowledge gained by perceiving; "a man admired for the depth of his perception"
3.penetration - the act of entering into or through something; "the penetration of upper management by women"
incoming, ingress, entering, entrance, entry - the act of entering; "she made a grand entrance"
interpenetration, permeation - mutual penetration; diffusion of each through the other
market penetration - the extent to which a product is recognized and bought by customers in a particular market
4.penetration - the ability to make way into or through something; "the greater penetration of the new projectiles will result in greater injuries"
ability - the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment
5.penetration - the depth to which something penetrates (especially the depth reached by a projectile that hits a target)
depth, deepness - the extent downward or backward or inward; "the depth of the water"; "depth of a shelf"; "depth of a closet"
6.penetration - the act (by a man) of inserting his penis into the vagina of a woman
carnal knowledge, coition, coitus, sex act, sexual congress, sexual intercourse, sexual relation, copulation, intercourse, relation, congress - the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur

penetration

noun
1. piercing, entry, entrance, invasion, puncturing, incision, perforation the penetration of eggs by more than one sperm
2. pervasion, spreading, soaking, diffusion, infiltration, seepage the penetration of the ointment into the skin
3. entry, entrance, inroad US penetration of Japanese markets

penetration

noun
2. The power to discern the true nature of a person or situation:
Translations
اخْتِراق
pronikání
indtrængeninfiltration
áthatolás
prenikanie
prodiranje
delmeiçine girme

penetration

[ˌpenɪˌtreɪʃən] N (gen) → penetración f; [of analysis, observation] → agudeza f

penetration

[ˌpɛnəˈtreɪʃən] n
[defences, group] → pénétration f
[place] → pénétration fpen-friend penfriend [ˈpɛnfrɛnd] n (British)correspondant(e) m/f

penetration

n (by bullet etc) (= entering)Eindringen nt (→ into in +acc); (= going right through)Durchdringen nt (→ of +gen); (Mil) → Durchbrechen nt, → Durchbrechung f; (= infiltration: of party, group) → Infiltration f; (during sex) → Eindringen nt, → Penetration f; the penetration of his gazesein durchdringender Blick; his powers of penetrationsein Scharfsinn m

penetration

[ˌpɛnɪˈtreɪʃn] npenetrazione f

penetrate

(ˈpenitreit) verb
to move, go or make a way into, past, or through (something). The bullet penetrated his shoulder; Their minds could not penetrate the mystery.
ˈpenetrating adjective
1. (of a voice, sound etc) loud and clear; easily heard. a penetrating voice.
2. (of a glance, stare etc) hard and searching, as if trying, or able, to see into a person's mind. a penetrating glance.
ˈpenetratingly adverb
ˌpeneˈtration noun

pen·e·tra·tion

n. penetración.
1. acción de penetrar;
2. paso de radiación a través de una sustancia.

penetration

n penetración f
References in classic literature ?
Demi, with infantile penetration, soon discovered that Dodo like to play with `the bear-man' better than she did him, but though hurt, he concealed his anguish, for he hadn't the heart to insult a rival who kept a mine of chocolate drops in his waistcoat pocket, and a watch that could be taken out of its case and freely shaken by ardent admirers.
He was quite portly, with a profusion of gray hair, and small blue eyes which age had robbed of much of their brightness but none of their penetration.
The captain's habitual penetration had not misled him.
Crupp must have been a woman of penetration, for, even in that early stage, she found it out.
Projects of usurpation cannot be masked under pretenses so likely to escape the penetration of select bodies of men, as of the people at large.
Thus, in the most brutal and formidable of the soldier class -- creatures almost on a level with women in their lack of intelligence -- it is found that, as they wax in the mental ability necessary to employ their tremendous penetrating power to advantage, so do they wane in the power of penetration itself.
To this dumb language, which was so unintelligible to others, she answered by throwing her whole soul into the expression of her countenance, and in this manner were the conversations sustained between the blooming girl and the helpless invalid, whose body could scarcely be called a living one, but who, nevertheless, possessed a fund of knowledge and penetration, united with a will as powerful as ever although clogged by a body rendered utterly incapable of obeying its impulses.
Young ladies have great penetration in such matters as these; but I think I may defy even your sagacity, to discover the name of your admirer.
She always cited it afterwards as a case of prevision, which really had something more in it than her own remarkable penetration, that the moment she set eyes on the squire she said to herself, "I shouldna wonder if he's come about that man as is a-going to take the Chase Farm, wanting Poyser to do something for him without pay.
Her displeasure, her penetration, and her happiness were all fearful to encounter; and the dependence of having others present when they met was Fanny's only support in looking forward to it.
He had the same penetration, the same knowledge of men; moreover, that great power of self-compression which gives to hypocrites time to reflect, and gather themselves up to take a spring.