penetrating

adjective

Definition of penetrating

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

  2. 2 :  acute, discerning <penetrating insights into life>

penetratingly

play \-ˌtrā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of penetrating in a sentence

  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

1593

First Known Use of penetrating

1593


PENETRATING Defined for English Language Learners

penetrating

adjective

Definition of penetrating for English Language Learners

  • : able to understand something clearly and fully

  • : helping people to understand something clearly and fully

  • : spreading out deeply or widely


Medical Dictionary

penetrating

adjective pen·e·trat·ing

Medical Definition of penetrating

  1. :  having the power of entering, piercing, or pervading <treat hemorrhage from both penetrating injury and blunt trauma—Journal of the American Medical Association>

penetratingly

\-ˌtrāt-iŋ-lē\play adverb


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