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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun penetration:

Video footage: 1950s: General Griffith explains the Early Penetration Project, which investigated aircraft penetrating clouds from high yield weapons shortly after a burst, as part of Operation Redwing in 1956.
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Definition of the noun penetration

What does penetration mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: penetrations

  1. an attack that penetrates into enemy territory
  2. clear or deep perception of a situation
  3. the act of entering into or through something
  4. the ability to make way into or through something
    • example: the greater penetration of the new projectiles will result in greater injuries
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: ability = the quality of being able to perform
  5. the depth to which something penetrates (especially the depth reached by a projectile that hits a target)
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: deepness / depth = the extent downward or backward or inward
  6. the act (by a man) of inserting his penis into the vagina of a woman


  1. Penetration is a punk rock band from County Durham, England formed in 1976. They re-formed in 2001 with several new members.
    • also known as The Penetration, The Penetration (Band)
    • members:
    • genre: Punk rock
    • albums: "Race Against Time", "Don't Dictate: The Best of Penetration", "Coming Up for Air", "Moving Targets", "Penetration", "The Best of Penetration", "Firing Squad", "Life’s a Gamble", "Don’t Dictate", "Come Into the Open", "Danger Signs", "Live 19789"
  2. Penetration is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Anal Penetration and Rotten Penetration.


  1. "Penetration" is a composition.
  2. "Penetration" is a composition.
  3. "Penetration" is a musical single of The Nefilim.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  4. "Penetration" is a musical EP of Regis.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  5. "Penetration" is a musical album of Controlled Bleeding.
    • released in (23 years ago)
  6. "Penetration" is a composition.
  7. "Penetration" is a musical album of Penetration.
  8. "Penetration" a.k.a. "Pénétration" is a musical album of Catalogue.
  9. "Penetration" is a musical single of Nigel Richards.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  10. "Penetration" is a composition.
  11. "Penetration" is a musical album of Quantum.
    • released in (8 years ago)


"Penetration" is a book by Ingo Swann.


"Penetration" a.k.a. "Body of Lies" is a 2008 American action-spy film directed by Ridley Scott. Set in the Middle East, it follows the attempts of the CIA and Jordanian Intelligence to catch "al-Saleem", a jihadist. Frustrated by their target's elusiveness, differences in their approaches strain relations between a CIA operative, his superior, and the head of Jordanian Intelligence.


  1. Penetration: A penetration, in firestopping, is an opening, such as one created by the use of a cast-in-place sleeve, in a wall or floor assembly required to have a fire-resistance rating, for the purpose of accommodating the passage of a mechanical, electrical or structural penetrant. The penetration may or may not contain a firestop system. A penetration is not a penetrant. A penetration may or may not include a penetrant.
  2. Penetration: In ground warfare, penetration is the breaching of, and moving past, a defensive military line.
  3. Penetration: Strictly speaking, penetration occurs when a projectile enters a target without passing through it and perforation occurs when the projectile completely passes through the target, but the word penetration is commonly used to refer to either.
  4. Penetration: In telecommunication, the term penetration has the following meanings: The passage through a partition or wall of an equipment or enclosure by a wire, cable, or other electrically conductive object. The unauthorized act of bypassing the security mechanisms of a cryptographic system or AIS. The passage of a radio frequency through a physical barrier, such as a partition, a wall, a building, or earth.

Phrases with Penetration

Phrases starting with the word Penetration:

  1. penetration bomb
  2. Penetration test

Phrases ending with the word Penetration:

  1. Double Penetration
  2. market penetration

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Penetration

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Google previewSignificance of ASTMM Tests for Petroleum Products

For greases, penetration is a measure of consistency. It is the depth, in tenths...

Google preview1997 Masonry Codes and Specifications (1997)

by John Chrysler, Thomas Escobar

MEMBRANE PENETRATION is an opening made through one side ...

Google previewIntelligence (2014)

From Secrets to Policy by Mark M. Lowenthal

Analytic penetration means thinking longer and harder about the issue, perhaps making suppositions of what is most likely, and...

The underlying premise in analytic penetration is that the analytic community does not have the luxury of simply ...

Google previewRaja Yoga (2003)

A Path to Super Conscious Bliss by Sri Joseph M. Ketron

Penetration is an inherent property of ...

Google previewGovernment and Rural Development in East Africa (2012)

Essays on Political Penetration by L. Cliffe, J.S. Coleman, M.R. Doornbos

'Penetration refers to issues which have long been prominent in the colonial and post-colonial discussion on Africa and...

Google previewThe Wing of the Falcon (1995)

by Jo Franklin

audio penetration is the key to... the sabotage ...

Google previewEnterprise Restructuring and Transition (2003)

Evidence From the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia by Mr. Juan Zalduendo

Import penetration is a direct measure of the importance of competition from abroad and may also signal a political decision to give freer rein to domestic competition in the sector in question. In addition, to explore the interaction between ...

Google previewModern Law Enforcement Weapons & Tactics (2004)

by Patrick Sweeney

The reasons are simple and obvious: The ammunition costs less, the muzzle blast is less, in a heavy weapon the recoil is moderate, and the lack of penetration is an advantage. The decreased penetration of 9mm allows for use in indoor ...

Google previewHow to Innovate in Marketing (Collection) (2013)

by Monique Reece, Michael Tasner, Tony Davila, Marc Epstein, Robert Shelton, Larry Light, Joan Kiddon

Penetration refers to having more customers. Growing the customer base is important. Brand loyalty refers to having customers purchase more often, building brand preference and reducing price sensitivity. The bottomline objective needs to ...

Google previewIf Men Could Talk (2009)

Translating the Secret Language of Men by Alon Gratch

Physical penetration is a biological fact (or possibility) in sexual relationships. It is also a fact in other human activities such as boxing or burglary. Of course these penetrations can be aggressive and welcome, aggressive and unwelcome, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior (2015)

by Yan, Zheng

7% penetration rate in 2011 (See Figure 1). In developing countries, mobiles have considerably surpassed fixed telephony as the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1977)

Volume 3 - Aluminum to Asphalt: Design by John J. McKetta Jr

widely used are the Penetration Test, ASTM Designation D 5; the Softening Point Tests, ASTM Designations D 36 and D 2398; and the Ductility Test, ASTM Designation D 113. The Penetration, Softening Point, and Ductility tests were among ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology (2017)

by Amy Wenzel

Genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder (GPPPD) is characterized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), by at least one of the following symptoms persisting for 6 months or more: difficulty with ...

Google previewEncyclopedia and Handbook of Materials, Parts and Finishes, Third Edition (2016)

by Mel Schwartz

Penetration (of a Grease) The depth in 1/10 mm that a standard cone penetrates the sample in a standard cup under prescribed conditions of weight, time (5 s), and temperature (25°C or 77°F). The result depends on whether or not the grease ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Tribology (1990)

by C. Kajdas, E. Wilusz, S. Harvey

PENETRATION (of a grease) PEAK-TO-VALLEY AVERAGE (PVA) The difference between the average of a few of the highest peaks of a surface profile and the average of a few of the deepest valleys of the same profile. It is recommended ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

penetration — (*) In land operations, a form of offensive which seeks to break through the enemy's defense and disrupt the defensive system. penetration aids — Techniques and/or devices employed by offensive ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Multimedia Technology and Networking, Second Edition (2008)

by Pagani, Margherita

Sales numbers and market penetration of mobile handsets have reached new heights worldwide. With almost two billion...

Penetration rates average 80%, even surpassing 100% in some European countries (NetSize, 2006). The technical ...

Google previewMosby's Dental Dictionary (2007)

by Elsevier, Mosby

Table C-1 Mandibular injections Injection Needle Structures anesthetized Penetration site Terminal deposition site Amount deposited Inferior alveolar (IA) and Lingual (L) Long 1. Mandibular teeth 2. Facial gingiva of mandibular anterior teeth ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Hospitality Management (2010)

by Abraham Pizam

Market penetration of analysis, marginal cost may also include fixed costs: The marginal cost of serving one more customer in a restaurant is equal to the variable cost; The marginal cost of keeping the restaurant open one extra hour ...

Google previewFiber Optics Standard Dictionary (2012)

by Martin Weik

Note: The penetration may be deliberate or accidental. 2. The successful bypassing of the security mechanisms of a cryptosystem or of an automated information system. 3. The passage through a partition, wall, hull, bulkhead, tank, equipment ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Surface and Colloid Science (2006)

by P. Somasundaran


Google previewMental Health and Mental Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being [3 volumes] (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being by Len Sperry

Genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder is a mental disorder characterized by fear , pain, or difficulty with sexual intercourse. Previously it was referred to as dyspareunia and vaginismus. Definitions • Cognitive behavior therapy is a type of ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Hospitality Management 2nd Edition (2012)

by Abraham Pizam

Market penetration of analysis, marginal cost may also include fixed costs: The marginal cost of serving one more customer in a restaurant is equal to the variable cost; The marginal cost of keeping the restaurant open one extra hour ...

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Small photo of Penetration of the object overSmall photo of Italy, Milan, january 11 2018: De Colo Nando penetration from right side of the field and scores 2 points line during basketball match Ax Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan vs Cska Moscow, Euroleague 2018.Small photo of Milan, Italy december 29 2017: MBaye Amath penetration from right angle during basketball match AX ARMANI EXCHANGE OLIMPIA MILAN vs RED STAR MTS BELGRADE; EuroLeague 2018.Small photo of Waterproofing and insulation at construction site, waterproofing membrane preventing water penetration. Exterior vapor barrier for foundations and basements. Vintage style.Small photo of Pitesti, Romania January 1, 2018 - Close up detail of an used and dirty Renault 1.6 litres, petrol (gasoline) engine. Concept of car maintenance, mechanical problems and dust penetrationSmall photo of An evil hacker with a gun, red hair, a beard and a mustache. Penetration into the home, hacking laptop, emotion, cinema, sun glassesSmall photo of An evil hacker with a gun, red hair, a beard and a mustache. Penetration into the home, hacking laptop, emotion, cinema, sun glasses More...

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Quotes about Penetration

Almost all Iraqis with any previous experience in the intelligence business are Sunni Arab, increasing the risk of penetration of the new intelligence apparatus by the insurgency. (Wayne White)
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Scrabble value of P3E1N1E1T1R1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 11-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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