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.
Related formspen·e·trat·ing·ly, adverbpen·e·trat·ing·ness, nounnon·pen·e·trat·ing, adjectiveun·pen·e·trat·ing, adjectiveun·pen·e·trat·ing·ly, adverb
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Derived Formspenetratingly, adverb
tending to or able to penetratea penetrating mind; a penetrating voice
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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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