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Meaning of penetrating by Wiktionary Dictionary



    penetrating ( comparative more penetrating, superlative most penetrating )

    1. able to pierce or penetrate
      The skunk produces a penetrating odor .
    2. demonstrating acute or keen understanding
      His novel shows a penetrating insight into the criminal mind .



    1. Present participle of penetrate .

Explanation of penetrating by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. tending to penetrate

    2. a cold penetrating wind
      a penetrating odor
    3. having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

    4. penetrating insight

    Definition of penetrating by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Penetrate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Penetrated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Penetrating.] [L. penetratus, p. p. of penetrare to penetrate; akin to penitus inward, inwardly, and perh. to pens with, in the power of, penus store of food, innermost part of a temple.]
      1. To enter into; to make way into the interior of; to effect an entrance into; to pierce; as, “light penetrates darkness”.

      2. To affect profoundly through the senses or feelings; to touch with feeling; to make sensible; to move deeply; as, “to penetrate one's heart with pity”. Shak.

      The translator of Homer should penetrate himself with a sense of the plainness and directness of Homer's style. M. Arnold.

      3. To pierce into by the mind; to arrive at the inner contents or meaning of, as of a mysterious or difficult subject; to comprehend; to understand.

      Things which here were too subtile for us to penetrate. Ray.

    2. Penetrating a.
      1. Having the power of entering, piercing, or pervading; sharp; subtile; penetrative; as, “a penetrating odor”.

      2. Acute; discerning; sagacious; quick to discover; as, “a penetrating mind”.