penetrating

adjective
pen·e·trat·ing | \ˈpe-nə-ˌtrā-tiŋ \

Definition of penetrating 

1 : having the power of entering, piercing, or pervading a penetrating shriek

2 : acute, discerning penetrating insights into life

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Other Words from penetrating

penetratingly \ˈpe-nə-ˌtrā-tiŋ-lē \ adverb

Examples of penetrating in a Sentence

She is one of our most penetrating and provocative critical thinkers. an author famous for her penetrating social commentary a penetrating account of what really happened during the crisis flowers that give off a penetrating perfume
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The penetrating documentary, which gets remarkable access to its subjects, is an honest, universal look at body issues and the navigation of relationships. David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, "Frameline offers movie feast during Pride Week," 14 June 2018 Rieslings from Austria generally feel firmer, denser and more penetrating, while those from Alsace are altogether bigger and more voluminous. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "2016 Dry German Rieslings: Graceful, Resonant, Delicious," 3 May 2018 No one has written with more penetrating skepticism about the history of human rights than Samuel Moyn, a professor of law and history at Yale and one of the leading academic intellectuals at work today. Adam Kirsch, WSJ, "‘Not Enough’ Review: Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There," 19 Apr. 2018 Comey set up an unprecedented public challenge from someone of his stature to a sitting commander in chief, framing the most penetrating critique of Trump's White House yet from an establishment figure. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump now faces Comey's moral assault," 16 Apr. 2018 Without offering a spoiler, the two plots reveal in their unlikely interconnectedness a penetrating portrait of Israeli society today. Jessica Zack, San Francisco Chronicle, "Actor stars in two penetrating looks at Israel today," 7 Mar. 2018 Misdirection fakes, screens, play-action and draws, for example, can take the edge off a penetrating front. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Film analysis: Why the Eagles' defensive line is their best chance at winning the Super Bowl | Jeff McLane," 26 Jan. 2018 Private insurers, who mostly have paid these bills without question, also are taking a more penetrating look at spending on the controversial lab work. Fred Schulte, Philly.com, "Medicare fails to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in lab overcharges," 15 Dec. 2017 Private insurers, who mostly have paid these bills without question, also are taking a more penetrating look at spending on the controversial lab work. Washington Post, "Medicare Fails To Recover Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Lab Overcharges," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of penetrating

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of penetrating was in 1580

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penetrating

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of penetrating

: able to understand something clearly and fully

: helping people to understand something clearly and fully

: spreading out deeply or widely

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 traumaJournal of the American Medical Association

Other Words from penetrating

penetratingly \-ˌtrāt-iŋ-lē \ adverb

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