from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Capable of being penetrated: penetrable defenses; a penetrable wall.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Capable of being penetrated, entered, or pierced.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being penetrated, entered, or pierced. Used also figuratively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being penetrated, entered, or pierced by another body.
  • Susceptible of moral or intellectual impression.
  • Penetrating.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. admitting of penetration or passage into or through
  • adj. capable of being penetrated


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  • Then a light emanated from the self-subsisting form by the order of God, the splendor of which spread upon the heaven, moving from point to point, and caused the material form (_i.e. _, the inferior, so-called penetrable form) to change its place.

    A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy

  • Freemasonry is the oldest of all, still the biggest, and—in the public mind—about as penetrable as the mythic crypt beneath the ninth vault of Solomon's Temple.

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  • At one point in the book you describe Central Asia as "Massive, sometimes flat, sometimes mountainous, sometimes terrifically hot, other times frigidly cold, plagued with thousands of miles of penetrable borders, lacking an identifiable geographic center, and home to citizens know figuratively and sometimes literally to cut the colonialist's throat… the death sentence of several empires which attempted to hold onto it."

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  • I, like Wolverine, am perfectly penetrable by bullets.

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  • The original book is very good too, and I think would be reasonably penetrable for someone who hadn't previously followed the Bernice Summerfield stories.

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  • The Time Vampire requires detailed knowledge of Leela's story as seen on TV and then heard in The Catalyst, and is even then not very penetrable.

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  • I find the standard account pretty persuasive: Western homophobia is a form of disguised misogyny, rooted in male horror of feminization and the prospect of themselves as penetrable (and therefore potentially subordinate and depowered).

    The Look of Lust

  • It left me thinking that despite the haze the passing years had enveloped around the events of the war, the narrative was affirming thatthe haze was ultimately penetrable through determination and a little patience.

    The Reading Experience

  • Once inside, you stand in total darkness, never imagining it to be penetrable in any way.

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  • The fact it's the deepest lake makes it less, not more penetrable.

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