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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 looked at her searchingly, seeking for words that might best comfort.

    The Royal Pawn of Venice Mrs. Lawrence Turnbull
  • 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
  • The pilgrim looked at him searchingly and sank down on the lounge.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • Beginning with generalities pertaining to agriculture, he questioned me searchingly upon my private affairs.

    The Abandoned Farmer Sydney Herman Preston
  • He seemed to think so, or why had he looked back so searchingly?

    Shoe-Bar Stratton Joseph Bushnell Ames
  • Her eyes looked me searchingly in the face, as if to read something there which they had never read yet.

    The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
  • He looked at me searchingly, and his face grew sorrowful as he gazed.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • 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 gazed at him so long and searchingly that he blushed in confusion.

British Dictionary definitions for searchingly


keenly penetrating: a searching look
Derived Forms
searchingly, adverb
searchingness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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