See also: pénétration
- The act of penetrating something. [from 15th c.]
- Any penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the offense.
- Specifically, the insertion of the penis (or similar object) during sexual intercourse. [from 17th c.]
- The act of penetrating a given situation with the mind or faculties; perception, discernment. [from 17th c.]
- 1817 December 31 (indicated as 1818), [Walter Scott], Rob Roy. […], volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), Edinburgh: […] James Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Co. […]; London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, OCLC 82790126:
- my observations of her looks and actions became acutely sharpened, and that to a degree which, notwithstanding my efforts to conceal it, could not escape her penetration.
- (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.
- (marketing) The proportion of the target audience who buy the advertised product or service.
act of penetrating