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Penetrating

3 entries found.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Penetrating \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Penetrate \Pen"e*trate\, 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.

From WordNet (r) 1.6 [wn]

penetrating
     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" [syn: {acute}, {discriminating}, {incisive},
            {keen}, {knifelike}, {penetrative}, {piercing}, {sharp}]

Penetrating

3 entries found.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Penetrating \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]

Penetrate \Pen"e*trate\, 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.

From WordNet (r) 1.6 [wn]

penetrating
     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" [syn: {acute}, {discriminating}, {incisive},
            {keen}, {knifelike}, {penetrative}, {piercing}, {sharp}]