Penetration meaning

pĕn'ĭ-trā'shən
Specifically, the insertion of the penis (similar object) during sexual intercourse. [from 17th c.]
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Penetration is defined as the depth which something has gotten through, such as military intervention or depth of knowledge or marketing.

An example of penetration is the distance that a military force enters into enemy territory.

An example of penetration is the amount that a student actually learned during the math lesson.

An example of penetration is the awareness of a product in a new market.

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The act or process of piercing or penetrating something, especially:
  • The act of entering a country or organization so as to establish influence or gain information.
  • An attack that penetrates enemy territory or a military front.
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The power or ability to penetrate.
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The depth reached by a projectile after hitting its target.
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The capacity or action of understanding; insight.
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The depth to which something penetrates, as a military force into enemy territory.
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The extension of the influence of a country over a weaker one by means of commercial investments, loans, diplomatic maneuvers, etc.
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Keenness of mind; discernment; insight.
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The successful unauthorized breach of a security perimeter. See penetration test.
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The act of penetrating something. [from 15th c.]

Any penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense.

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The act of penetrating a given situation with the mind or faculties; perception, discernment. [from 17th c.]
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Origin of penetration

  • From Middle French pénétration, and its source, Latin penetrātiō, from the participle stem of penetro (“pierce").
    From Wiktionary