AskDefine | Define penetration

Dictionary Definition



1 an attack that penetrates into enemy territory [syn: incursion]
2 clear or deep perception of a situation [syn: insight]
3 the act of entering into or through something; "the penetration of upper management by women"
4 the ability to make way into or through something; "the greater penetration of the new projectiles will result in greater injuries"
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

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The act of penetrating.
    Any penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense.


Extensive Definition

Penetration can refer to:
Popular culture
penetration in German: Penetration
penetration in Polish: Penetracja

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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