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penetration

[pen-i-trey-shuh n] /ˌpɛn ɪˈtreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or power of penetrating.
2.
mental acuteness, discernment, or insight:
a scholar of rare penetration.
3.
the obtaining of a share of a market for some commodity or service.
4.
the extension, usually peaceful, of the influence of one nation or culture into the affairs of another.
5.
a military attack that penetrates into enemy territory.
6.
Gunnery. the depth to which a projectile goes into the target.
7.
the measure of relative depth of field of a telescope or microscope, especially a binocular microscope.
Origin of penetration
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605, penetration is from the Late Latin word penetrātiōn- (stem of penetrātiō). See penetrate, -ion
Related forms
nonpenetration, noun
prepenetration, noun
self-penetration, noun
transpenetration, noun
Synonyms
2. understanding, perception, discrimination, depth, profundity.
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Examples from the Web for penetration
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  • How it came, how it was passed from hearth to hearth, defied our penetration.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • His eyes were the eyes of a scholar, dreamy yet alive with depth and penetration.

    The Long Voyage Carl Richard Jacobi
  • She broke off suddenly, looking at him, her eyes a pair of gimlets now for penetration.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • You do no credit to your own penetration, dear Mr. Ferdinand, if you deny it.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
  • During his reign the problem of Turkish penetration was taken in hand.

British Dictionary definitions for penetration

penetration

/ˌpɛnɪˈtreɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of penetrating
2.
the ability or power to penetrate
3.
keen insight or perception
4.
(military) an offensive manoeuvre that breaks through an enemy's defensive position
5.
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.
another name for depth of field
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Word Origin and History for penetration
n.

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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