penetrating

  • 1 penetrating — [pen′itrāt΄ivpen′i trāt΄iŋ] adj. 1. that can penetrate [a penetrating oil] 2. sharp; piercing [a penetrating sound or smell] 3. keen or acute; discerning [a penetrating mind]: Also penetrative [pen′itrāt΄iv] penetratingly adv. penetratively …

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  • 2 Penetrating — Pen e*tra ting, a. 1. Having the power of entering, piercing, or pervading; sharp; subtile; penetrative; as, a penetrating odor. [1913 Webster] 2. Acute; discerning; sagacious; quick to discover; as, a penetrating mind. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 penetrating — [adj1] stinging, harsh biting, carrying, clear cut, crisp, cutting, edged, entering, forcing, going through, infiltrating, ingoing, intrusive, passing through, penetrant, permeating, pervasive, piercing, pointed, puncturing, pungent, sharp,… …

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  • 4 penetrating — index acute, incisive, interrogative, mordacious, perspicacious, potent, profound (esoteric), profoun …

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  • 5 penetrating — [[t]pe̱nɪtreɪtɪŋ[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A penetrating sound is loud and usually high pitched. Mary heard the penetrating bell of an ambulance... Her voice was nasal and penetrating. Syn: piercing 2) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If someone gives you a… …

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  • 6 penetrating — pen|e|trat|ing [ˈpenıtreıtıŋ] adj 1.) penetrating look/eyes/gaze etc a look etc which makes you feel uncomfortable and seems to see inside your mind ▪ a pair of penetrating dark eyes ▪ He gave her a penetrating stare. 2.) showing an ability to… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 7 penetrating — pen|e|trat|ing [ penə,treıtıŋ ] adjective 1. ) seeming to be able to know what you are thinking: a penetrating look/gaze/stare a ) a penetrating voice or sound is so high or loud that it makes you slightly uncomfortable b ) affecting you by… …

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  • 8 penetrating — adjective 1 penetrating look/eyes/gaze a look etc which makes you feel uncomfortable and seems to see inside your mind: an attempt to avoid her husband s penetrating gaze 2 a penetrating sound is loud, clear, and often unpleasant: a penetrating… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 penetrating — UK [ˈpenəˌtreɪtɪŋ] / US adjective 1) a penetrating look makes you feel that the person knows what you are thinking His penetrating stare made her feel uncomfortable. 2) a penetrating voice or sound is so high or loud that it makes you slightly… …

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  • 10 penetrating — adjective 1) a penetrating wind Syn: piercing, cutting, biting, stinging, keen, sharp, harsh, raw, freezing, chill, wintry, cold See note at keen Ant …

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  • 11 penetrating — adjective 1) a penetrating wind Syn: cold, cutting, biting, keen, sharp, harsh, raw, freezing, chill, bitter 2) a penetrating voice Syn: shrill, str …

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  • 12 penetrating — penetratingly, adv. penetratingness, n. /pen i tray ting/, adj. 1. able or tending to penetrate; piercing; sharp: a penetrating shriek; a penetrating glance. 2. acute; discerning: a penetrating observation. 3. Surg. noting a wound that pierces… …

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  • 13 penetrating — adjective 1. having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions (Freq. 2) an acute observer of politics and politicians incisive comments icy knifelike reasoning as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang penetrating… …

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  • 14 penetrating — adjective Date: 1593 1. having the power of entering, piercing, or pervading < a penetrating shriek > 2. acute, discerning < penetrating insights into life > • penetratingly adverb …

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  • 15 penetrating — adjective a) able to pierce or penetrate The skunk produces a penetrating odor. b) demonstrating acute or keen understanding His novel shows a penetrating insight into the criminal mind …

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  • 16 penetrating — [ˈpenəˌtreɪtɪŋ] adj 1) a person who gives you a penetrating look seems to know what you are thinking Syn: piercing 2) intelligent and quick to solve problems or to understand things 3) a penetrating voice or sound is so high or loud that it makes …

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  • 17 Penetrating — Penetrate Pen e*trate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Penetrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Penetrating}.] [L. penetratus, p. p. of penetrare to penetrate; akin to penitus inward, inwardly, and perh. to pens with, in the power of, penus store of food, innermost… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 18 penetrating — pen·e·trat·ing adj having the power of entering, piercing, or pervading <treat hemorrhage from both penetrating injury and blunt trauma (Jour. Amer. Med. Assoc.)> pen·e·trat·ing·ly .trāt iŋ lē adv * * * pen·e·trat·ing (penґə trāt… …

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  • 19 penetrating — adj. Penetrating is used with these nouns: ↑critique, ↑damp, ↑eye, ↑gaze, ↑insight, ↑look, ↑voice …

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  • 20 penetrating — pen•e•trat•ing [[t]ˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪ tɪŋ[/t]] adj. 1) able or tending to penetrate; piercing; sharp 2) acute; discerning: a penetrating remark[/ex] • Etymology: 1590–1600 …

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