penetration

Penetration refers to entering or making your way through something. It's also a deep insight.

When something penetrates, it’s going through something else, so penetration is an example of this happening. You could talk about the penetration of a jacket by a knife, or the penetration of a fortress by an army. When a basketball team pierces the other team's defenses, it's called penetration. Also, in-depth perception or insight is called penetration. Just like physical penetration goes deep into something, mental penetration implies deep understanding of an idea or situation.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: penetration

1
n
the act of entering into or through something
2
n
the ability to make way into or through something
3
n
the act (by a man) of inserting his penis into the vagina of a woman
4
n
clear or deep perception of a situation
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: penetration
1

n the act of entering into or through something

“the penetration of upper management by women”
Types:
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
Type of:
entering, entrance, entry, incoming, ingress
the act of entering

n an attack that penetrates into enemy territory

Synonyms:
incursion
Types:
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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
air attack, air raid
an attack by armed planes on a surface target
inroad
an invasion or hostile attack
swoop
a very rapid raid
Type of:
attack, onrush, onset, onslaught
(military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)
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n the ability to make way into or through something

“the greater penetration of the new projectiles will result in greater injuries”
Type of:
ability
the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment

n the depth to which something penetrates (especially the depth reached by a projectile that hits a target)

Type of:
deepness, depth
the extent downward or backward or inward
3

n the act (by a man) of inserting his penis into the vagina of a woman

Type of:
carnal knowledge, coition, coitus, congress, copulation, intercourse, relation, sex act, sexual congress, sexual intercourse, sexual relation
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
4

n clear or deep perception of a situation

Synonyms:
insight
Type of:
perception
knowledge gained by perceiving
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