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 for penetration
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Penetration \Pen"e*tra`tion\, n. [L. penetratio: cf. F.
     p['e]n['e]tration.]
     1. The act or process of penetrating, piercing, or entering;
        also, the act of mentally penetrating into, or
        comprehending, anything difficult.
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              And to each in ward part,
              With gentle penetration, though unseen,
              Shoots invisible virtue even to the deep. --Milton.
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              A penetration into the difficulties of algebra.
                                                    --Watts.
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     2. Acuteness; insight; sharp discoverment; sagacity; as, a
        person of singular penetration. --Walpole.
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     Syn: Discernment; sagacity; acuteness; sharpness;
          discrimination. See Discernment, and Sagacity.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  penetration
      n 1: an attack that penetrates into enemy territory [syn:
           penetration, incursion]
      2: clear or deep perception of a situation [syn: penetration,
         insight]
      3: the act of entering into or through something; "the
         penetration of upper management by women"
      4: the ability to make way into or through something; "the
         greater penetration of the new projectiles will result in
         greater injuries"
      5: the depth to which something penetrates (especially the depth
         reached by a projectile that hits a target)
      6: the act (by a man) of inserting his penis into the vagina of
         a woman

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  127 Moby Thesaurus words for "penetration":
     access, acuity, acumen, acupunctuation, acupuncture, acuteness,
     admission, apperception, astuteness, bore, boring, broach,
     cleverness, cogency, critical discernment, decoction, diffusion,
     discernment, discrimination, drill hole, embedment, empiercement,
     entrance, entree, entry, farseeingness, farsightedness, fixing,
     flair, foresight, foresightedness, goring, graft, grafting,
     imbuement, impaction, impactment, impalement, implantation, import,
     importation, importing, impregnation, incision, incisiveness,
     income, incoming, infiltration, infixion, infusion, ingoing,
     ingress, ingression, injection, inoculation, input, inroad,
     insertion, insight, insinuation, instillation, instillment, intake,
     intelligence, interjection, interpenetration, interpolation,
     introduction, introgression, intromission, intrusion, judgment,
     keenness, lancing, leakage, longheadedness, longsightedness,
     marination, overrunning, overspreading, overswarming, penetrating,
     perception, perceptiveness, percipience, percolation, perforation,
     perfusion, permeation, perspicaciousness, perspicacity,
     perspicuity, perspicuousness, pervasion, piercing, pricking,
     providence, punching, puncture, puncturing, quick-wittedness,
     reception, sagaciousness, sagacity, saturation, seepage,
     sensibility, sensitivity, sentience, shrewdness, skewering,
     soaking, steeping, suffusion, terebration, tessellation,
     transfixation, transfixion, transforation, transfusion, transplant,
     transplantation, trenchancy, trepanning, trephining, understanding,
     wit
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PENETRATION, crimes. The act of inserting the penis into the female organs 
  of generation. 9 Car. & Pa 118; S. C. 38 E. C. L. R. 63. See 8 Car. & Payne, 
  614; 34 E. C. L. R. 562; 5 C. & P. 321; S. C. 24 E, C. L. R. 339; 9 C. & P. 
  31 Id. 752; 38 E. C. L. R. 320. But in order to commit the crime of rape, it 
  is requisite that the penetration should be such as to rupture the hymen. 5 
  C. & P. 321. 
       2. This has been denied to be sufficient to constitute a rape without 
  emission. (q.v.) Bee, on this subject, 12 Co. 37; Hawk. bk 1, c. 41, s. 3; 1 
  Hale, P. C. 628; 1 East, P. C. 437, 8; Russ & Ry. C. C. 519; 6 C. & P. 351; 
  5 C. & P. 297, 321; S. C. 24 E. C. L. R. 339; 1 Chit. Med. Jur. 386 to 395; 
  1 Virg. Cas. 307; 4 Mood. Cr. Cas. 142, 337; 4 Car. & P. 249; 1 Par. & Fonb. 
  433; 2 Mood. & M. C. N. P. 122; 1 Russ. C. & M 560; 1 East, P. C. 437. 
  
  

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