Here’s another in my occasional series ‘Words I Love’. Today’s choice is…
noun: penetration; plural noun: penetrations
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”
the insertion by a man of his penis into the vagina or anus of a sexual partner.
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.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
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…