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[sur-ching] /ˈsɜr tʃɪŋ/
examining carefully or thoroughly:
a searching inspection.
acutely observant or penetrating:
a searching glance; a searching mind.
piercing or sharp:
a searching wind.
Origin of searching
1570-80; search + -ing2
Related forms
searchingly, adverb
searchingness, noun
self-searching, adjective, noun
unsearching, adjective
unsearchingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • The dark-eyed daughter of Arizona looked at him searchingly.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • He took her face in his hands, lifted it, and his eyes met hers searchingly.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • He looked again, penetratingly, searchingly, for he must learn from them a reason; and no reason was apparent.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • She continued to look at him, wistfully, searchingly, gently.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • Beginning with generalities pertaining to agriculture, he questioned me searchingly upon my private affairs.

    The Abandoned Farmer Sydney Herman Preston
  • Joe turned and looked at me searchingly, with a trace of that old affection of his.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Her eyes looked me searchingly in the face, as if to read something there which they had never read yet.

    The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
  • She looked at him searchingly, as if trying to see whether he spoke in earnest.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • A man in the press beside me wrenched round with an effort, and stared at me searchingly through the darkness.

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
  • She looked at him through his persiflage wistfully, searchingly.

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
British Dictionary definitions for searchingly


keenly penetrating: a searching look
Derived Forms
searchingly, adverb
searchingness, noun
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