penetrative

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Penetrative \Pen"e*tra*tive\, adjective [Cf. F. p['e]n['e]tratif.]

1. Tending to penetrate; of a penetrating quality; piercing; as, the penetrative sun.

His look became keen and penetrative. --Hawthorne.

2. Having the power to affect or impress the mind or heart; impressive; as, penetrative shame. --Shak.

3. Acute; discerning; sagacious; as, penetrative wisdom. "The penetrative eye." --Wordsworth.

Led on by skill of penetrative soul. --Grainger.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

penetrative

adjective

1: having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations" [syn: {acute}, {discriminating}, {incisive}, {keen}, {knifelike}, {penetrating}, {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" [syn: {penetrative}, {penetrating}]


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