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  1. present participle and gerund of search


searching (comparative more searching, superlative most searching)

  1. (of an investigation, etc.) Thorough.
    • 1916 March, R. A. Millikan, “A Direct Photoelectric Determination of Planck's "h"”, in Physical Review, volume 7, number 3, →DOI, 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


searching (plural searchings)

  1. search; hunt
    • 1978 April 8, Barb Nesto, “Woman from the West”, in Gay Community News, page 10:
      Her songs take us through many mood changes from lighthearted lovesongs and social commentary to a serious searching for answers and understanding.
    • 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.

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