Definition of Porous

1. Adjective. Able to absorb fluids. "Compacting the soil to make it less porous"

Similar to: Permeable
Derivative terms: Porosity, Porousness



2. Adjective. Full of pores or vessels or holes.
Exact synonyms: Poriferous
Similar to: Porose
Derivative terms: Pore, Pore, Pore, Porosity
Antonyms: Nonporous

3. Adjective. Allowing passage in and out. "Our unfenced and largely unpoliced border inevitably has been very porous"
Exact synonyms: Holey
Similar to: Leaky
Derivative terms: Hole, Pore

Definition of Porous

1. a. Full of pores; having interstices in the skin or in the substance of the body; having spiracles or passages for fluids; permeable by liquids; as, a porous skin; porous wood.

Definition of Porous

1. Adjective. Full of tiny pores that allow fluids or gasses to pass through. ¹

2. Adjective. (Of legislation) full of loopholes ¹

3. Adjective. (figuratively) With many gaps. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Porous

1. having minute openings [adj] : POROUSLY [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Porous

poromerics
poroporo
pororoca
pororocas
porose
poroses
porosimeter
porosimetry
porosis
porosities
porosity
porosome
porosomes
porotic
porotics
porous (current term)
porously
porousness
porousnesses
porpentine
porpentines
porpess
porpesse
porpesses
porphin
porphine
porphines
porphins
porphobilinogen
porphobilinogens

Literary usage of Porous

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1. The American Journal of Education by Henry Barnard (1860)
"Mention any thing porous ? Sponge. How do we know it is porous ? what like is it ? ... Any other thing that is porous ? Bread ; illustrate how it so. ..."

2. The American Journal of Education by Henry Barnard (1860)
"Mention any thing porous ? Sponge. How do tee know it is porous ? what like is it ? ... How do we know it is porous, then ? Any other thing that is porous 1 ..."

3. Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and (1917)
"Our experience with the porous bottoms of the different constructions brought ... This tendency was more pronounced in the solid porous bottoms employed in ..."

4. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art by David Ames Wells, George Bliss, Samuel Kneeland, John Trowbridge, Charles Robert Cross (1861)
"Since water, in filtering through a porous body, is compressed as it enters, ... The theory cannot be applied to non-homogeneous porous bodies. ..."

5. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art by David Ames Wells, Charles Robert Cross, John Trowbridge, Samuel Kneeland, George Bliss (1861)
"Since water, in filtering through a porous body, is compressed as it enters, ... The theory cannot be applied to non-homogeneous porous bodies. ..."

6. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"The former worked with a porous eel), and estimated the effect either by the ... by the rise of pressure in the porous cell measured by a mercury manometer. ..."

7. Scientific Papers by John William Strutt Rayleigh (1900)
"ON porous BODIES IN RELATION TO SOUND. [Philosophical Magazine, xvi. pp. 181—186, 1883.] IN Acoustics we have sometimes to consider the incidence of aerial ..."

8. Science Abstracts by Institution of Electrical Engineers (1900)
"The figure shows the form of cell which has been designed to overcome this defect. A is a porous tube containing the mercury, and connected with the ..."

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