Definition of penetrable in US English:



  • 1Allowing things to pass through; permeable.

    ‘the outer membrane is penetrable’
    • ‘Topical drug penetration, for example in the use of a cell penetrable peptide approach to enhance penetration of therapeutic compounds into skin.’
    • ‘Hackers crash servers knowing that a device will re-boot using default settings far more penetrable than before.’
    • ‘With a penetrable fourth wall, a spot of audience participation and plenty of gleeful nonsense, this is pantomime in all but dame.’
    • ‘The engine-room was penetrable without much of a squeeze.’
    • ‘The bridge is at 30m and penetrable, but the rest of the vessel is falling in on itself and so not easily entered.’
    • ‘Bollinger may have been thinking about the ocean - that fluid, penetrable and drowning plane - since he made a wave.’
    • ‘The one penetrable point in his ironclad nature had not been reached yet.’
    • ‘And who else but idiots would support a missile defence system that has proved penetrable and unworkable?’
    • ‘Maybe its the way Croydon council have preserved and labeled loads of pathways and twittens between streets, so everything is penetrable.’
    • ‘Such skulls have penetrable muscle, cartilage and bone areas along with extremely hard bone sections that neither knife penetrated more than 3/8 ".’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An open country with easily penetrable borders.’
    • ‘Of course, your skin thickens with time, but all armour is penetrable, no matter how much a journalist protests to the contrary.’
    • ‘This chakra is the chakra that is the most penetrable for light, and its color is yellow and golden.’
    • ‘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 outer membrane, as in a cell, is penetrable, filled with light, transparent, and attracting public view.’
    • ‘Space itself became his motionless laboratory: flat, penetrable, yet forever the same.’
    • ‘Material nature must be penetrable by the spirit.’
    • ‘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.’
    permeable, pervious, porous, open
    understandable, fathomable, graspable, approachable
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  • 2Possible to understand; understandable.

    ‘the translation makes the original text penetrable’
    • ‘This is not my first visit in this country, the ladies hereabouts, to my knowledge, are made of penetrable materials.’
    • ‘This is a form of deep culture that is not necessarily penetrable solely by money, free fees or student loans.’
    • ‘The translation makes the original text penetrable and accessible to non-speakers and this is the publication's main value.’
    • ‘Logic is less vulnerable, less penetrable.’
    • ‘This is a case in which I need whatever it is I think or believe to be penetrable, if only for myself.’
    • ‘From alcohol they progress to opium, thence to heroin, allowing their language to get boozily baroque and even less penetrable.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both argue that such roots will split off the simpler emotions of "affect programs" from more "cognitively penetrable" ones.’
    • ‘He's not like them but something softer and slightly more penetrable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is something that occurs in the human mind, which is not penetrable by the senses of another person.’
    • ‘His screenplay is naturalistic, contemporary and penetrable, thus overcoming a presumed difficulty with the original language used in the text.’
    • ‘His mind is not always penetrable.’
    • ‘But what makes a penetrable, a comprehensible world?’
    • ‘The result can be criticism that is less penetrable than the work it addresses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is not to say that art should be easy or instant or utilitarian - but it should be penetrable, purposeful.’