WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
search•ing /ˈsɜrtʃɪŋ/USA pronunciation   adj. [usually: before a noun]
  • sharply observing or penetrating:gave me a searching look.
    1. examining carefully:a searching inspection.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
    search•ing  (sûrching),USA pronunciation adj. 
    1. examining carefully or thoroughly:a searching inspection.
    2. acutely observant or penetrating:a searching glance; a searching mind.
    3. piercing or sharp:a searching wind.
    searching•ly, adv. 
    searching•ness, n. 
    • search + -ing2 1570–80

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    searching /ˈsɜːtʃɪŋ/ adj
    1. keenly penetrating: a searching look

    ˈsearchingly adv

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