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Meaning of PENETRATING

Pronunciation:  'peni`treyting

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  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"
  2. [adj]  having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "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"
 

PENETRATING is a 11 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrative, perceptive, piercing, sharp
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Pen"e*tra`ting\, 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.

 
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