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penetrating

[ pen-i-trey-ting ]
/ ˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪ tɪŋ /
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Definition of penetrating

adjective
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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Origin of penetrating

First recorded in 1590–1600; penetrat(e) + -ing2

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2. See acute.

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British Dictionary definitions for penetrating

penetrating
/ (ˈpɛnɪˌtreɪtɪŋ) /

adjective
tending to or able to penetratea penetrating mind; a penetrating voice

Derived forms of penetrating

penetratingly, adverb
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