penetrating

[pen-i-trey-ting]
adjective
1.
able or tending to penetrate; piercing; sharp: a penetrating shriek; a penetrating glance.
2.
acute; discerning: a penetrating observation.
3.
Surgery. noting a wound that pierces the skin, especially a deep wound entering an organ or body cavity.
Also, penetrant.


Origin:
1590–1600; penetrate + -ing2

penetratingly, adverb
penetratingness, noun
nonpenetrating, adjective
unpenetrating, adjective
unpenetratingly, adverb


2. keen, sharp. See acute.


1. blunt. 2. obtuse.
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penetrate

[pen-i-treyt]
verb (used with object), penetrated, penetrating.
1.
to pierce or pass into or through: The bullet penetrated the wall. The fog lights penetrated the mist.
2.
to enter the interior of: to penetrate a forest.
3.
to enter and diffuse itself through; permeate.
4.
to arrive at the truth or meaning of; understand; comprehend: to penetrate a mystery.
5.
to obtain a share of (a market): to penetrate the Canadian coffee market.
6.
to affect or impress (the mind or feelings) deeply.
7.
to extend influence, usually peacefully, into the affairs of (another country).
verb (used without object), penetrated, penetrating.
8.
to enter, reach, or pass through something, as by piercing: We penetrated to the interior of the Kasbah.
9.
to be diffused through something.
10.
to understand or read the meaning of something.
11.
to have a deep effect or impact on someone.

Origin:
1520–30; < Latin penetrātus (past participle of penetrāre), equivalent to penet-, variant stem of penitus deep down + -r- (probably by analogy with intus inside: intrāre to enter) + -ātus + -ate1

penetrator, noun
prepenetrate, verb (used with object), prepenetrated, prepenetrating.
unpenetrated, adjective


1. See pierce. 4. fathom, discern. 6. touch.
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penetrate (ˈpɛnɪˌtreɪt)
 
vb
1.  to find or force a way into or through (something); pierce; enter
2.  to diffuse through (a substance); permeate
3.  (tr) to see through: their eyes could not penetrate the fog
4.  (tr) (of a man) to insert the penis into the vagina of (a woman)
5.  (tr) to grasp the meaning of (a principle, etc)
6.  (intr) to be understood: his face lit up as the new idea penetrated
 
[C16: from Latin penetrāre; related to penitus inner, and penus the interior of a house]
 
'penetrable
 
adj
 
penetra'bility
 
n
 
'penetrably
 
adv
 
'penetrative
 
adj
 
'penetrator
 
n

penetrating (ˈpɛnɪˌtreɪtɪŋ)
 
adj
tending to or able to penetrate: a penetrating mind; a penetrating voice
 
'penetratingly
 
adv

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penetrate
1412 (implied in penetrable), from L. penetratus, pp. of penetrare "to put or get into, enter into," related to penitus "within, inmost," penus "innermost part of a temple, store of food," penates "household gods." Penetration is first attested 1605, from L. penetrationem (nom. penetratio) "a penetrating
or piercing," from penetrare. The sexual sense is attested from 1613. Penetrating in the fig. sense of "touching the feelings intensely" is attested from 1632.
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Example sentences
In other words, he is trained only to see the skin of knowledge, without ever
  penetrating to the wisdom that lies beneath it.
Intelligence is penetrating the darkest corners of the globe.
His tenderness penetrating aether, soft prayer on the airwaves.
Nearly all her perceptions are tinged with penetrating sense of the contrasts
  in human vicissitude.
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