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penetrating

adjective uk   /ˈpen.ɪ.treɪ.tɪŋ/ us    /-t̬ɪŋ/

penetrating adjective (LOUD)

very loud: I heard a penetrating scream. He has a very penetrating voice.Noise and noisy

penetrating adjective (UNDERSTANDING)

describes a way of looking at someone in which you seem to know what they are thinkingUsing the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive a penetrating mind a mind that understands things quickly and wellIntelligencePerceptive
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