Definitions of penetrating

  1. Piercing: sharp; discerning or knowing. Also, penetrative. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. of Penetrate Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Sharp; piercing; quick to understand; acute. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  4. tending to penetrate; having the power of entering or piercing; "a toxic penetrative spray applied to the surface"; "a cold penetrating wind"; "a penetrating odor" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. Acute; discerning; sagacious; quick to discover; as, a penetrating mind. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Piercing or entering: sharp: subtle: acute: discerning. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Sharp; subtile; acute; discerning. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for penetrating

  1. After satisfying his curiosity he was in the act of giving his attention again to the flags, when he detected another of those penetrating but stolen glances with which his companion so often read the countenance of his associates. – The Red Rover by James Fenimore Cooper
  2. He himself was one of those timid souls of whom he spoke having from the beginning done all he could not only to bar Luther's articles from the deliberations but also to prevent any penetrating discussion of the Lord's Supper. – Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church by Friedrich Bente