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penetrating

adjective

: able to understand something clearly and fully

: helping people to understand something clearly and fully

: spreading out deeply or widely

Full Definition of PENETRATING

1
:  having the power of entering, piercing, or pervading <a penetrating shriek>
2
:  acute, discerning <penetrating insights into life>
pen·e·trat·ing·ly \-ˌtrā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of PENETRATING

  1. She is one of our most penetrating and provocative critical thinkers.
  2. an author famous for her penetrating social commentary
  3. a penetrating account of what really happened during the crisis
  4. flowers that give off a penetrating perfume

First Known Use of PENETRATING

1593
Medical Dictionary

penetrating

adjective pen·e·trat·ing

Medical Definition of PENETRATING

:  having the power of entering, piercing, or pervading <treat hemorrhage from both penetrating injury and blunt trauma—Journal of the American Medical Association>
pen·e·trat·ing·ly \-ˌtrāt-iŋ-lē\ adverb

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