Searching Search"ing, a. Exploring thoroughly; scrutinizing; penetrating; trying; as, a searching discourse; a searching eye. ``Piercing, searching, biting, cold.'' --Dickens. [1913 Webster] -- {Search"ing*ly}, adv. -- {Search"ing*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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