What does penetration mean?

Definitions for penetrationˌpɛn ɪˈtreɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word penetration.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. penetration, incursion(noun)

    an attack that penetrates into enemy territory

  2. penetration, insight(noun)

    clear or deep perception of a situation

  3. penetration(noun)

    the act of entering into or through something

    "the penetration of upper management by women"

  4. penetration(noun)

    the ability to make way into or through something

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

  5. penetration(noun)

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

  6. penetration(noun)

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


  1. penetration(Noun)

    The act of penetrating something.

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

  2. penetration(Noun)

    Specifically, the insertion of the penis (or similar object) during sexual intercourse.

  3. penetration(Noun)

    The act of penetrating a given situation with the mind or faculties; perception, discernment.

  4. Origin: From pénétration, and its source, penetratio, from the participle stem of penetro.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Penetration(noun)

    the act or process of penetrating, piercing, or entering; also, the act of mentally penetrating into, or comprehending, anything difficult

  2. Penetration(noun)

    acuteness; insight; sharp discoverment; sagacity; as, a person of singular penetration


  1. Penetration

    Penetration is a punk rock band from County Durham, England formed in 1976. They re-formed in 2001 with several new members. Their debut single, "Don’t Dictate", is now acknowledged as a classic punk rock single and their debut album, Moving Targets, is still widely admired

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. penetration

    In land operations, a form of offensive which seeks to break through the enemy

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of penetration in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of penetration in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kristin Kagetsu:

    Even in cities there isn't full market penetration.

  2. John Koch:

    Most leaks exist where there’s already a pre-existing roof penetration.

  3. Brian Gouldie:

    We want to make sure we remain ahead of the investment curve ... drive data penetration.

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    Once 4K penetration goes beyond 70 percent, that means commoditization and price competition.

  5. Alyssa Dweck:

    Around 70 percent of women orgasm through direct clitoral stimulation rather than vaginal penetration.

Images & Illustrations of penetration

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