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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Examining closely or thoroughly; probing: a searching investigation of their past dealings.
  • adj. Keenly observant: searching insights.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of search.
  • adj. Thorough.
  • n. search; hunt

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Exploring thoroughly; scrutinizing; penetrating; trying.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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