penetration


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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 ?
Much higher and harder exercises of judgment and penetration may reasonably be expected from the upper graduates in criticism.
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.
I cannot attribute this new overthrow of my hopes to any want of perseverance or penetration in making the necessary inquiries.
Well," says Alan, "I wish he was a man of more penetration, for by my troth I am afraid he will make little enough of it
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.
But perhaps Mills, with his penetration, understood very well the nature he was dealing with.
There is a quickness of perception in some, a nicety in the discernment of character, a natural penetration, in short, which no experience in others can equal, and Lady Russell had been less gifted in this part of understanding than her young friend.
For if a man have that penetration of judgment, as he can discern what things are to be laid open, and what to be secreted, and what to be showed at half lights, and to whom and when
an umbrella will do you no harm at any rate,' he replied, with a smile that showed he was not offended; as a man of worse temper or less penetration would have been at such a refusal of his aid.
Maria was without ceremony sent away, and Isabella, embracing Catherine, thus began: "Yes, my dear Catherine, it is so indeed; your penetration has not deceived you.
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.
There was no denying that those brothers had penetration.