[ 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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM penetrating
pen·e·trat·ing·ly, adverbpen·e·trat·ing·ness, nounnon·pen·e·trat·ing, adjectiveun·pen·e·trat·ing, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for non-penetrating
Non-penetrating wounds require but few remarks in this place.
Gunshot wounds of the chest may conveniently be divided for study into two classes, viz., non-penetrating and penetrating.
British Dictionary definitions for non-penetrating
/ (ˈpɛnɪˌtreɪtɪŋ) /
tending to or able to penetratea penetrating mind; a penetrating voice
Derived forms of penetratingpenetratingly, adverb
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