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  1. present participle of search


searching (comparative more searching, superlative most searching)

  1. (of an investigation, etc.) Thorough.
    • 1916 March 1, R. A. Millikan, “A Direct Photoelectric Determination of Planck's "h"”, in Physical Review, volume 7, number 3, DOI:10.1103/PhysRev.7.355, page 388:
      Einstein's photoelectric equation has been subjected to very searching tests and it appears in every case to predict exactly the observed results.
  2. Looking over closely; penetrating; severe.
    a searching gaze; searching criticism
    • 1899 Feb, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, page 201:
      ‘So you are going out there. Famous. Interesting too.’ He gave me a searching glance, and made another note.


searching (plural searchings)

  1. search; hunt
    • 2007 November 4, Mark Oppenheimer, “The Turning of an Atheist”, in New York Times[1]:
      Depending on whom you ask, Antony Flew is either a true convert whose lifelong intellectual searchings finally brought him to God or a senescent scholar possibly being exploited by his associates.