Definition of penetration
1a : the power to penetrate; especially : the ability to discern deeply and acutelyb : the depth to which something penetratesc : the extent to which a commercial product or agency is familiar or sells in a market
2 : the act or process of penetrating: such asa : the act of entering a country so that actual establishment of influence is accomplishedb : an attack that penetrates the enemy's front or territory
Examples of penetration in a Sentence
Cuts in the skin could permit the penetration of bacteria into the body.
the penetration of the CIA by foreign agents
the penetration of the U.S. market by a foreign company
multiple penetrations into enemy territory
a writer who analyzes the underlying causes of the recession with great penetration
Recent Examples of penetration from the Web
Both are poor defenders, so Klay Thompson could slide over to try to limit Irving's penetration ability.
PPL cited maintaining strong relationships with existing licensees and further increases in market penetration as key drivers behind the growth.
Some soils resist water penetration; try a wetting agent to help moisten the soil.
Moscow will eventually replace the 2A82-M1 gun with a larger, heavier 152-millimeter gun system with improved range and armor penetration.
In addition to the shocker, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy double penetration of the anus and the vagina.
By comparison, the United States, which has roughly twice the population of Japan, is said to already have more than 100 million Internet users, a penetration rate of about 40 percent.
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First Known Use of penetration
Synonym Discussion of penetration
PENETRATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of penetration for English Language Learners
: the act of going through or into something : the act of penetrating something
: an ability to understand things clearly and fully
PENETRATION Defined for Kids
Definition of penetration for Students
1 : the act or process of piercing
2 : keen understanding
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