penetrating


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pen·e·trat·ing

 (pĕn′ĭ-trā′tĭng)
adj.
1. Able or seeming to penetrate: The penetrating odor of garlic soon filled the entire apartment.
2. Keenly perceptive or understanding; acute: The lecture provided penetrating insight into foreign affairs.

pen′e·trat′ing·ly adv.

penetrating

(ˈpɛnɪˌtreɪtɪŋ)
adj
tending to or able to penetrate: a penetrating mind; a penetrating voice.
ˈpeneˌtratingly adv

pen•e•trat•ing

(ˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪ tɪŋ)

adj.
1. able or tending to penetrate; piercing; sharp.
2. acute; discerning: a penetrating remark.
[1590–1600]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.penetrating - having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctionspenetrating - having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations"
perceptive - having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment; "a perceptive eye"; "a perceptive observation"
2.penetrating - tending to penetrate; having the power of entering or piercing; "a toxic penetrative spray applied to the surface"; "a cold penetrating wind"; "a penetrating odor"
sharp - having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing; "a sharp knife"; "a pencil with a sharp point"

penetrating

adjective
1. sharp, harsh, piercing, carrying, piping, loud, intrusive, strident, shrill, high-pitched, ear-splitting Her voice was nasal and penetrating.
sharp sweet, dull, mild, blunt
2. pungent, biting, strong, powerful, sharp, heady, pervasive, aromatic a most wonderful penetrating smell and taste
3. piercing, cutting, biting, sharp, freezing, fierce, stinging, frosty, bitterly cold, artic A raw, penetrating wind was blowing in off the plain
5. perceptive, searching, sharp, keen, alert, probing, discerning a penetrating stare
perceptive unperceptive

penetrating

adjective
Possessing or displaying perceptions of great accuracy and sensitivity:
Translations
حادَّهخارِق، نافِذ
pronikavý
gennemborendegennemtrængende
hávær, skarpurnístandi
içe işleyentiz

penetrating

[ˈpenɪtreɪtɪŋ] ADJ [eyes, sound] → penetrante; [mind] → perspicaz

penetrating

[ˈpɛnətreɪtɪŋ] adj
[gaze] → pénétrant(e); [mind] → pénétrant(e)
[sound] → perçant(e)

penetrating

adj
(= perceptive) gazedurchdringend; insight, personscharfsinnig; question, analysistreffend; interviewtief gehend; a penetrating mindein scharfer Verstand
(= piercing) colddurchdringend; lightgrell; painstechend

penetrating

[ˈpɛnɪˌtreɪtɪŋ] adj (look, sound) → penetrante; (question) → acuto/a; (person, mind) → perspicace

penetrate

(ˈpenitreit) verb
to move, go or make a way into, past, or through (something). The bullet penetrated his shoulder; Their minds could not penetrate the mystery.
ˈpenetrating adjective
1. (of a voice, sound etc) loud and clear; easily heard. a penetrating voice.
2. (of a glance, stare etc) hard and searching, as if trying, or able, to see into a person's mind. a penetrating glance.
ˈpenetratingly adverb
ˌpeneˈtration noun

penetrating

a. [as a pain] penetrante, agudo-a.

penetrating

adj penetrante
References in classic literature ?
They were as light as feathers, and the most noticeable thing about them was their penetrating, earthy odour.
For a single instant his searching and yet wary glance met the wondering look of the other, and then changing its direction, partly in cunning, and partly in disdain, it remained fixed, as if penetrating the distant air.
Yet those same bleared optics had a strange, penetrating power, when it was their owner's purpose to read the human soul.
They seemed actually suspended from the dark vault of heaven, and their gentle light shed a fairylike gleam over the snow-fields around the foot of the Matterhorn, which raised its stupendous pinnacle on high, penetrating to the heart of the Great Bear, and crowning itself with a diadem of his magnificent stars.
I am serious, Miss Woodhouse, whatever your penetrating eyes may fancyI am sick of England and would leave it tomorrow, if I could.
Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that further out-door exercise was now out of the question.
Micawber, 'that your peregrinations in this metropolis have not as yet been extensive, and that you might have some difficulty in penetrating the arcana of the Modern Babylon in the direction of the City Road, - in short,' said Mr.
He was not likely to be very penetrating in his judgments, but he had always had a sense that his father's indulgence had not been kindness, and had had a vague longing for some discipline that would have checked his own errant weakness and helped his better will.
Colonel," said Smilash, deeply impressed, "you have a penetrating mind, and you know a bad character at sight.
From that day, I gave up all thought of penetrating into his house by the lake.
The viceroy, hearing that I was returned to my residence, did not discover any concern or chagrin as at a disappointment, for such was his privacy and dissimulation that the most penetrating could never form any conjecture that could be depended on, about his designs, till everything was ready for the execution of them.
Only--for, after all, he was a man--he permitted himself certain penetrating glances which could make some women tremble; although they all loved him heartily as soon as they discovered the depth of his discretion and the sympathy that he felt for their little weaknesses.