from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Examining closely or thoroughly; probing.
  • adjective Keenly observant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Engaged in seeking, exploring, investigating, or examining: as, a searching party.
  • Keen; penetrating; close: as, a searching discourse; a searching wind; a searching investigation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Exploring thoroughly; scrutinizing; penetrating; trying.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of search.
  • adjective etc. Thorough.
  • noun search; hunt

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect
  • adjective exploring thoroughly
  • adjective diligent and thorough in inquiry or investigation


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