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Meaning & Definition of Penetrating in English

English

Penetrating

/pɛnətretɪŋ/

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • acute
  • ,
  • discriminating
  • ,
  • incisive
  • ,
  • keen
  • ,
  • knifelike
  • ,
  • penetrating
  • ,
  • penetrative
  • ,
  • piercing
  • ,
  • sharp

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • penetrative
  • ,
  • penetrating