[ pen-i-trey-ting ]
/ ˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪ tɪŋ /


able or tending to penetrate; piercing; sharp: a penetrating shriek; a penetrating glance.
acute; discerning: a penetrating observation.
Surgery. noting a wound that pierces the skin, especially a deep wound entering an organ or body cavity.
Also penetrant.

Origin of penetrating

First recorded in 1590–1600; penetrate + -ing2
SYNONYMS FOR penetrating
2 keen, sharp. See acute.
ANTONYMS FOR penetrating
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British Dictionary definitions for non-penetrating


/ (ˈpɛnɪˌtreɪtɪŋ) /


tending to or able to penetratea penetrating mind; a penetrating voice
Derived Formspenetratingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-penetrating



"touching the feelings intensely," 1630s, figurative present participle adjective from penetrate (v.).

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