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Definition of "penetrating" []

  • Able or seeming to penetrate: The penetrating odor of garlic soon filled the entire apartment. (adjective)
  • Keenly perceptive or understanding; acute: The lecture provided penetrating insight into foreign affairs. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "penetrating" in a sentence
  • ""We would train Navy doctors and nurses and corpsmen with experience in gunshot wounds before they went to war, because most Navy personnel have no experience in what we call penetrating trauma," he said."
  • "That's what makes Google so intriguing, and a worthy subject for New Yorker writer Ken Auletta's 11th book, Googled: The End of the World As We Know It. Unlike Curse, which treats moguls with derision, Auletta's more interested in penetrating the often secretive world of the business elite and telling the stories with skill, intelligence and respect."
  • "* RF Countersurveillance/A primer on monitoring police and security frequencies using a trunk-tracking scanner, and how it can assist in penetrating a targetMo"