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Definitions for penetrating
ˈpɛn ɪˌtreɪ tɪŋpen·e·trat·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharpadjective

    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"

  2. penetrative, penetratingadjective

    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"


  1. penetratingadjective

    able to pierce or penetrate

    The skunk produces a penetrating odor.

  2. penetratingadjective

    demonstrating acute or keen understanding

    His novel shows a penetrating insight into the criminal mind.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Penetrating

    of Penetrate

  2. Penetratingadjective

    having the power of entering, piercing, or pervading; sharp; subtile; penetrative; as, a penetrating odor

  3. Penetratingadjective

    acute; discerning; sagacious; quick to discover; as, a penetrating mind

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. penetrating

    Having the power of entering or piercing another body.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of penetrating in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of penetrating in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of penetrating in a Sentence

  1. Lee Da-Ren:

    By taking the form of manga, the story is so easy to read, and yet so penetrating.

  2. Sylvia Steiner:

    MLC soldiers by force knowingly and intentionally invaded the bodies of the victims by penetrating the victims' anuses, vaginas or other bodily openings with their penises.

  3. Octavio Paz:

    Love is an attempt at penetrating another being, but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual.

  4. Tony Cipolla:

    Investigators began ground penetrating radar at the home of Ruben Flores Tuesday morning at about 7:30 and concluded about 5 p.m., they dug on the property today using hand tools. They recovered items of evidence both inside and outside the residence, in the ground.

  5. Jidah Saed:

    The job was stopped. That's why water is still penetrating. The government promised to do more. This was just half of it, when they started the breakers in 2011, the whole idea was to extend it by about 1,000 meters. Unfortunately, they were not able to complete the project. If they had finished it, then we would be safe.

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    a signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out
    • A. conform
    • B. refine
    • C. attend
    • D. interrupt

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