See also: pénétration

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Etymology edit

From Middle English penetracioun, from Old French penetracïon, and its source, Latin penetrātiō, from the participle stem of penetrō (pierce, verb). Morphologically penetrate +‎ -ion

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɛnɪˈtɹeɪʃ(ə)n/
    • (file)
    Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun edit

penetration (countable and uncountable, plural penetrations)

  1. The act of penetrating something. [from 15th c.]
    Any penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense.
  2. Specifically, the insertion of the penis (or similar object) during sexual intercourse. [from 17th c.]
  3. The act of penetrating a given situation with the mind or faculties; perception, discernment. [from 17th c.]
  4. The act of progressing or moving forward through or into something.
    • 2024 January 30, Phil McNulty, “Nottingham Forest 1-2 Arsenal: Gunners in title race after they close gap to leaders Liverpool”, in BBC Sport[2]:
      Arsenal lacked urgency and penetration in a lazy, lacklustre opening half, sucked in by Forest's strategy of sitting back in blocks of defence waiting to hit them on the counter.
  5. (blackjack) A number or fraction that represents how many cards/decks will be dealt before shuffling, in contrast to the total number of cards/decks in play.
  6. (marketing) The proportion of the target audience who buy or use the specified product or service.
    • 1950 March, “The Why and the Wherefore: Railway Electrification in Morocco”, in Railway Magazine, page 214:
      The electrification of the lines radiating from Casablanca originated with the policy of economic penetration and conciliation pursued by Marshal Lyautey for the pacification of Morocco.

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penetration c

  1. penetration

Declension edit

Declension of penetration 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative penetration penetrationen penetrationer penetrationerna
Genitive penetrations penetrationens penetrationers penetrationernas

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