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PENETRATING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does penetrating mean? 

PENETRATING (adjective)
  The adjective PENETRATING has 2 senses:

1. having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
2. tending to penetrate; having the power of entering or piercing

  Familiarity information: PENETRATING used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PENETRATING (adjective)


Sense 1penetrating [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

Synonyms:

piercing; penetrative; penetrating; keen; incisive; knifelike; discriminating; acute; sharp

Context examples:

an acute observer of politics and politicians / incisive comments / icy knifelike reasoning / as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang / penetrating insight / frequent penetrative observations

Similar:

perceptive (having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment)


Sense 2penetrating [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tending to penetrate; having the power of entering or piercing

Synonyms:

penetrating; penetrative

Context examples:

a toxic penetrative spray applied to the surface / a cold penetrating wind / a penetrating odor

Similar:

sharp (having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing)


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