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PENETRATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does penetration mean? 

PENETRATION (noun)
  The noun PENETRATION has 6 senses:

1. an attack that penetrates into enemy territory
2. clear or deep perception of a situation
3. the act of entering into or through something
4. the ability to make way into or through something
5. the depth to which something penetrates (especially the depth reached by a projectile that hits a target)
6. the act (by a man) of inserting his penis into the vagina of a woman

  Familiarity information: PENETRATION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PENETRATION (noun)


Sense 1penetration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An attack that penetrates into enemy territory

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

penetration; incursion

Hypernyms ("penetration" is a kind of...):

attack; onrush; onset; onslaught ((military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "penetration"):

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)


Sense 2penetration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Clear or deep perception of a situation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

insight; penetration

Hypernyms ("penetration" is a kind of...):

perception (knowledge gained by perceiving)


Sense 3penetration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of entering into or through something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the penetration of upper management by women

Hypernyms ("penetration" is a kind of...):

entering; entrance; entry; incoming; ingress (the act of entering)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "penetration"):

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)


Sense 4penetration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The ability to make way into or through something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

the greater penetration of the new projectiles will result in greater injuries

Hypernyms ("penetration" is a kind of...):

ability (the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment)


Sense 5penetration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("penetration" is a kind of...):

depth (extent downward or backward or inward)


Sense 6penetration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("penetration" is a kind 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)


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