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


Origin of penetration

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

OTHER WORDS FROM penetration

non·pen·e·tra·tion, nounpre·pen·e·tra·tion, nounself-pen·e·tra·tion, nountrans·pen·e·tra·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for penetration

/ (ˌpɛnɪˈtreɪʃən) /


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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