[pen-i-trey-ting] /ˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪ tɪŋ/
able or tending to ; piercing; sharp:
a penetrating shriek; a penetrating glance.
a penetrating observation.
Surgery. noting a wound that pierces the skin, especially a deep wound entering an organ or body cavity.
[pen-i-treyt] /ˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪt/
verb (used with object), penetrated, penetrating.
to pierce or pass into or through:
The bullet penetrated the wall. The fog lights penetrated the mist.
to enter the interior of:
to penetrate a forest.
to enter and diffuse itself through; permeate.
to arrive at the truth or meaning of; understand; comprehend:
to penetrate a mystery.
to obtain a share of (a market):
to penetrate the Canadian coffee market.
to affect or impress (the mind or feelings) deeply.
to extend influence, usually peacefully, into the affairs of (another country).
verb (used without object), penetrated, penetrating.
to enter, reach, or pass through something, as by piercing:
We penetrated to the interior of the Kasbah.
to be diffused through something.
to understand or read the meaning of something.
to have a deep effect or impact on someone.
tending to or able to penetrate: a penetrating mind, a penetrating voice
to find or force a way into or through (something); pierce; enter
to diffuse through (a substance); permeate
(transitive) to see through: their eyes could not penetrate the fog
(transitive) (of a man) to insert the penis into the vagina of (a woman)
(transitive) to grasp the meaning of (a principle, etc)
(intransitive) to be understood: his face lit up as the new idea penetrated
“touching the feelings intensely,” 1630s, figurative present participle adjective from penetrate (v.).
1520s, from Latin penetratus, past participle of penetrare “to put or get into, enter into,” related to penitus “within, inmost,” penus “innermost part of a temple, store of food,” penates “household gods.” Related: Penetrated; penetrating.
- Penetrating wound
penetrating wound pen·e·trat·ing wound (pěn’ĭ-trā’tĭng) n. A wound accompanied by disruption of the body surface that extends into the underlying tissue or into a body cavity.
[pen-i-trey-shuh n] /ˌpɛn ɪˈtreɪ ʃən/ noun 1. the act or power of . 2. mental acuteness, discernment, or insight: a scholar of rare penetration. 3. the obtaining of a share of a market for some commodity or service. 4. the extension, usually peaceful, of the influence of one nation or culture into the affairs of […]
noun, Military. 1. a device or tactic, as the use of chaff or decoys or the maintaining of a low flight level, that helps an aircraft or missile to enter hostile air space.
[pen-i-trey-tiv] /ˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪ tɪv/ adjective 1. tending to ; piercing. 2. acute; keen.