from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being impenetrable.
- n. The inability of two bodies to occupy the same space at the same time.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The characteristic of being impenetrable; invulnerability.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Quality of being impenetrable.
- n. That property in virtue of which two portions of matter can not at the same time occupy the same portion of space.
- n. Insusceptibility of intellectual or emotional impression; obtuseness; stupidity; coldness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character or condition of being impenetrable; incapability of being penetrated, in any sense of that word.
- n. In physics, specifically, that property of matter which prevents two bodies from occupying the same space at the same time; that property of matter by which it excludes all other matter from the space it occupies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being impenetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
- n. incomprehensibility by virtue of being too dense to understand
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Ideas never admit of a total union, but are endowed with a kind of impenetrability, by which they exclude each other, and are capable of forming a compound by their conjunction, not by their mixture.
`I meant by "impenetrability" that we've had enough of that subject, and it would be just as well if you'd mention what you mean to do next, as I suppose you don't mean to stop here all the rest of your life.'
` I meant by "impenetrability" that we've had enough of that subject, and it would be just as well if you'd mention what you mean to do next, as I suppose you don't mean to stop here all the rest of your life. '
Sometimes I find that even my best intentions are defied by the sudden impenetrability of a book I had been thoroughly enjoying but for one reason or another put down.
Methinks Kenneth oversold Telos bigtime, as we post-Marcuseans say, and the readers, condescended to outrageously by talk of its rambunctious intellectual impenetrability, reacted to their preemptive marginalization with appropriate panache.
There were grumblings in the audience about the length and impenetrability of the evening's entertainment, not to mention Jon Frank's melange of grim and absurd realities projected onto the screen -- "sublime bullshit" was opined in impeccable French by an especially grand grande dame -- but any concert that features a naked soprano and Barry Humphries of Dame Edna fame can't be all bad.
But corporate-trade bodies insist the impenetrability of the new Dodd-Frank language is equally unhelpful to their cause.
The overall feeling is that of sinuosity and impenetrability and this was made possible by using carbon fiber to build the pieces.
I shook my head, wondering at her impenetrability.
We nod and try to exchange salutations, but are hampered by the impenetrability of a native dialect I don't understand.