Meaning of penetrating

pen•e•trat•ing

Pronunciation: (pen'i-trā"ting), [key]
— adj.
  1. able or tending to penetrate; piercing; sharp: a penetrating shriek; a penetrating glance.
  2. acute; discerning: a penetrating observation.
  3. noting a wound that pierces the skin, esp. a deep wound entering an organ or body cavity.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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