penetration

[ pen-i-trey-shuhn ]
/ ˌpɛn ɪˈtreɪ ʃən /

noun

Origin of penetration

First recorded in 1595–1605, penetration is from the Late Latin word penetrātiōn- (stem of penetrātiō). See penetrate, -ion

Related forms

non·pen·e·tra·tion, nounpre·pen·e·tra·tion, nounself-pen·e·tra·tion, nountrans·pen·e·tra·tion, noun
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penetration

/ (ˌpɛnɪˈtreɪʃən) /

noun

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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