Words I Love 003 – Penetration

Here’s another in my occasional series ‘Words I Love’. Today’s choice is…

penetration

pɛnɪˈtreɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
noun: penetration; plural noun: penetrations
  1. 1.
    the action or process of penetrating something.
    “the zip has a Velcro-secured flap to minimize rain penetration”
    synonyms: perforation, piercing, puncturing, puncture, riddling, stabbing, prick, pricking, probing, goring, spiking, sticking, impaling, impalement, transfixing, transfixion, boring, drilling, lancing, tapping More

    “skin penetration by infective larvae”
    infiltration, entry, inflow, spread, spreading, diffusion, percolation, filtering, seepage, soaking, soakage
    “rot that is attributable to rain penetration”
    • the insertion by a man of his penis into the vagina or anus of a sexual partner.
  2. 2.
    the selling of a company’s products in a particular market or area.
    “they had failed to make any penetration into new energy markets”
    • the extent to which a product is recognized and bought by customers in a particular market.
      “the software has attained a high degree of market penetration”
  3. 3.
    the perceptive understanding of complex matters.
    “the survey shows subtlety and penetration”
    synonyms: insight, discernment, perception, perceptiveness, intelligence, sharp-wittedness, quick-wittedness, cleverness, smartness, incisiveness, keenness, sharpness, trenchancy, astuteness, shrewdness, acuteness, subtlety, clarity, acuity, discrimination, sensitivity, thoughtfulness, profundity, percipience, perspicacity, perspicuity, sagacity

    “remarks of great penetration”
    antonyms: dullness

Origin
late Middle English: from Latin penetratio(n- ), from the verb penetrare ‘place within or enter’.
Brilliant word and also the name of an excellent punk band. Penetration were fronted by Pauline Murray…
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