Meaning of “penetrating” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “penetrating” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈpen·ɪˌtreɪ·t̬ɪŋ/

penetrating adjective (SHARP)

very loud:

I heard a penetrating scream.

Someone with penetrating eyes or a penetrating gaze seems able to understand or know you just by looking at you.

penetrating adjective (UNDERSTANDING)

showing a very good understanding:

a penetrating critique
penetrating observations

(Definition of “penetrating” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)