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penetration test

[‚pen·ə′trā·shən ‚test]
(engineering)
A test to determine the relative values of density of noncohesive sand or silt at the bottom of boreholes.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

penetration test

A test which measures the relative density of silt or sand at the bottom of a borehole. Also See dynamic penetration test and static penetration test.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

penetration test

A test of a network's vulnerabilities by having an authorized individual actually attempt to break into the network. The tester may undertake several methods, workarounds and "hacks" to gain entry, often initially getting through to one seemingly harmless section, and from there, attacking more sensitive areas of the network.

Security experts recommend that an annual penetration test be undertaken as a supplement to a more frequent automated security scan. See security scan and ethical hacker.
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[4.] Mahler, A., Use of Cone Penetration Test in Pile Design, Periodica Polytechnica Civil Engineering, 47(2), 2003, pp.
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