1. having or demonstrating an sharp understanding.
- penetrating insight
- frequent penetrative observations
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
Sentences with penetrating as an adjective:
- The skunk produces a penetrating odor.
- His novel shows a penetrating insight into the criminal mind.
1. present participle of penetrate