Definition of penetrable in English:



  • 1Allowing things to pass through; permeable.

    ‘the outer membrane is penetrable’
    • ‘Material nature must be penetrable by the spirit.’
    • ‘Such skulls have penetrable muscle, cartilage and bone areas along with extremely hard bone sections that neither knife penetrated more than 3/8 ".’
    • ‘The engine-room was penetrable without much of a squeeze.’
    • ‘With a penetrable fourth wall, a spot of audience participation and plenty of gleeful nonsense, this is pantomime in all but dame.’
    • ‘And who else but idiots would support a missile defence system that has proved penetrable and unworkable?’
    • ‘Holsten is also available in an unbreakable plastic bottle, but the bottle is green and penetrable by light, and therefore not a great choice to have out in the sunlight.’
    • ‘Bollinger may have been thinking about the ocean - that fluid, penetrable and drowning plane - since he made a wave.’
    • ‘Space itself became his motionless laboratory: flat, penetrable, yet forever the same.’
    • ‘An open country with easily penetrable borders.’
    • ‘This chakra is the chakra that is the most penetrable for light, and its color is yellow and golden.’
    • ‘Newton assumed that space was the empty container of things, that it was incorporeal, absolutely penetrable, never influenced anything and was never affected by any influence.’
    • ‘The bridge is at 30m and penetrable, but the rest of the vessel is falling in on itself and so not easily entered.’
    • ‘Of course, your skin thickens with time, but all armour is penetrable, no matter how much a journalist protests to the contrary.’
    • ‘Maybe its the way Croydon council have preserved and labeled loads of pathways and twittens between streets, so everything is penetrable.’
    • ‘Hackers crash servers knowing that a device will re-boot using default settings far more penetrable than before.’
    • ‘The duly mapped portage trails were not a pathway out but a pathway in to a barely penetrable morass of fallen trees and boot-swallowing mud.’
    • ‘The border is "an ambiguous ground whose penetrable boundaries prove advantageous not only for the border-crosser, but for ideological formations that structure social realities".’
    • ‘The one penetrable point in his ironclad nature had not been reached yet.’
    • ‘Topical drug penetration, for example in the use of a cell penetrable peptide approach to enhance penetration of therapeutic compounds into skin.’
    • ‘The outer membrane, as in a cell, is penetrable, filled with light, transparent, and attracting public view.’
    permeable, pervious, porous, open
    understandable, fathomable, graspable, approachable
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  • 2Possible to understand; understandable.

    ‘the translation makes the original text penetrable’
    • ‘His mind is not always penetrable.’
    • ‘But what makes a penetrable, a comprehensible world?’
    • ‘Both argue that such roots will split off the simpler emotions of "affect programs" from more "cognitively penetrable" ones.’
    • ‘This is a case in which I need whatever it is I think or believe to be penetrable, if only for myself.’
    • ‘It is something that occurs in the human mind, which is not penetrable by the senses of another person.’
    • ‘This is a form of deep culture that is not necessarily penetrable solely by money, free fees or student loans.’
    • ‘Logic is less vulnerable, less penetrable.’
    • ‘Meireles has related this penetrable field(" a formal metaphor for the universe ") to his experience in viewing van Gogh's Wheat Field under Threatening Skies with Crows.’
    • ‘The translation makes the original text penetrable and accessible to non-speakers and this is the publication's main value.’
    • ‘He's not like them but something softer and slightly more penetrable.’
    • ‘This is not to say that art should be easy or instant or utilitarian - but it should be penetrable, purposeful.’
    • ‘The sad consequence is that although he is by far the most respected mind on the subject his writing is regarded as the least penetrable (even less than mine).’
    • ‘How penetrable was and is our system?’
    • ‘From alcohol they progress to opium, thence to heroin, allowing their language to get boozily baroque and even less penetrable.’
    • ‘The result can be criticism that is less penetrable than the work it addresses.’
    • ‘This is not my first visit in this country, the ladies hereabouts, to my knowledge, are made of penetrable materials.’
    • ‘His screenplay is naturalistic, contemporary and penetrable, thus overcoming a presumed difficulty with the original language used in the text.’
    • ‘Opinions divide as to whether the same sort of functional analysis can be applied to a wider range of what Griffiths has called the "cognitively penetrable" emotions.’
    • ‘It's not penetrable by facts.’
    • ‘Yet his stern, fearsome presence creates the perfect penetrable entity, a persona ripe for revelations to bounce off of and reflect on.’