- Also penetrant .
- pen·e·trat·ing·ly, adverb
- pen·e·trat·ing·ness, noun
- non·pen·e·trat·ing, adjective
- un·pen·e·trat·ing, adjective
- un·pen·e·trat·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use penetrating in a sentence
As mentioned, Far UV is far less penetrating and safe for direct exposure of room occupants.If We're Going to Live With COVID-19, It's Time to Clean Our Indoor Air Properly | Edward A Nardell | February 1, 2022 | Time
Now, Fermi was doing something similar, but with a more penetrating probe.How matter’s hidden complexity unleashed the power of nuclear physics | Emily Conover | April 8, 2021 | Science News
His brown eyes were penetrating yet peaceful, and he immediately disarmed my nervousness with his gentleness.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More | Gary Wright | September 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And I have found peace in this land of sun, sand, conflict, religion, history, and penetrating eyes.I Traveled 6,000 Miles and a Lifetime to See the Pride Flag Fly at the U.S. Embassy in Israel | Jim Neal | June 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His penetrating gaze and rich voice made you believe him; whatever it was he was selling, you bought it.
This penetrating style of portraiture works on the subtlest of emotional responses as well.Into the Woods With Virginia Woolf: Emily Perkins and ‘The Forrests’ | Lucy Scholes | September 19, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
It also illustrates the perils of penetrating al Qaeda networks in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Calm under fire, he possessed a sure and penetrating coup d'œil; he had great experience in war.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
He had a loose hairy benignant face with a humorous but penetrating eye and the usual domelike brow.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
It was shrill, it was penetrating, it rose and fell with a sort of ripping, tearing slash.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
Now and then - 63 -he turns his head slowly as he leads, and rests these keen, penetrating orbs on the sea of dancers below him.The Real Latin Quarter | F. Berkeley Smith
Some were for trying a new line of road, and for penetrating into Guzerat through Rajpootana.Confessions of a Thug | Philip Meadows Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for penetrating
tending to or able to penetrate: a penetrating mind; a penetrating voice
- penetratingly, adverb
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