(adjective, verb)


1. having or demonstrating an sharp understanding.

- penetrating insight

- frequent penetrative observations

Similar word(s): perceptive, acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, 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

Similar word(s): sharp, penetrative

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