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[pen-i-trey-shuh n] /ˌpɛn ɪˈtreɪ ʃən/
the act or power of penetrating.
mental acuteness, discernment, or insight:
a scholar of rare penetration.
the obtaining of a share of a market for some commodity or service.
the extension, usually peaceful, of the influence of one nation or culture into the affairs of another.
a military attack that penetrates into enemy territory.
Gunnery. the depth to which a projectile goes into the target.
the measure of relative depth of field of a telescope or microscope, especially a binocular microscope.
Origin of penetration
1595-1605; < Late Latin penetrātiōn- (stem of penetrātiō). See penetrate, -ion
Related forms
nonpenetration, noun
prepenetration, noun
self-penetration, noun
transpenetration, noun
2. understanding, perception, discrimination, depth, profundity. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for penetration
  • They suffer from import penetration more than the multinationals.
  • Other things can be done to increase broadband penetration before dipping into the public coffers.
  • Each one of those has a fiscal interest in slowing the development and market penetration of nuclear energy.
  • He excelled at hagiography and left psychological penetration mostly in the eye of the beholder.
  • Sloping land and heavy clay soils invite runoff--due to gravity in the first case, due to slow water penetration in the second.
  • It fails to make the top ten in terms of broadband penetration and other metrics.
  • Such a move might have boosted the site's visibility and penetration tenfold.
  • penetration is not increased, but damage to the penetrated material is greatly enhanced.
  • It's no secret that broadband penetration is expanding worldwide.
  • This, it adds, was the deepest penetration the enemy has effected in that area.
British Dictionary definitions for penetration


the act or an instance of penetrating
the ability or power to penetrate
keen insight or perception
(military) an offensive manoeuvre that breaks through an enemy's defensive position
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
another name for depth of field
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Word Origin and History for penetration

c.1600, "insight, shrewdness," from Latin penetrationem (nominative penetratio) "a penetrating or piercing," noun of action from past participle stem of penetrare (see penetrate). The sexual sense is attested from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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