impenetrable

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French impenetrable, from Latin impenetrabilis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈpɛnətɹəbəl/, /ɪmˈpɛnɪtɹəbəl/
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  • Hyphenation: im‧pen‧e‧tra‧ble

Adjective[edit]

impenetrable (not comparable)

  1. Not penetrable.
    The fortress is impenetrable, so it cannot be taken.
    • 2012, John Branch, “Snow Fall : The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek”, in New York Time[1]:
      The avalanche spread and stopped, locking everything it carried into an icy cocoon. It was now a jagged, virtually impenetrable pile of ice, longer than a football field and nearly as wide.
  2. (figuratively) Incomprehensible; fathomless; inscrutable.
    Business jargon makes this document impenetrable, I can't understand it.
  3. Opaque; obscure; not translucent or transparent.
    When night falls, she cloaks the world in impenetrable darkness.

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impenetrable (plural impenetrables)

  1. A person not openly given to friendship. (clarification of this definition is needed)
    • 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], “Chapter XXVI. Lady Marchmont to Sir Jasper Meredith.”, in Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. [], volume I, London: Henry Colburn, [], →OCLC, page 236:
      I should lose the reputation that I am gradually acquiring among our impenetrables here, were I to confess the excitement which I felt at the idea of entering his house—the house of that great general under whose command you made your first charge.

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin impenetrābilis.

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impenetrable m or f (masculine and feminine plural impenetrables)

  1. impenetrable

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin impenetrābilis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /impeneˈtɾable/ [ĩm.pe.neˈt̪ɾa.β̞le]
  • Rhymes: -able
  • Syllabification: im‧pe‧ne‧tra‧ble

Adjective[edit]

impenetrable m or f (masculine and feminine plural impenetrables)

  1. impenetrable

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