Porous Por"ous, a. [Cf. F. poreux. See {Pore}, n.] 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. ``The veins of porous earth.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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  • porous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a rock or other material) having minute spaces through which liquid or air may pass. DERIVATIVES porosity noun. ORIGIN from Latin porus pore …   English terms dictionary

  • porous — [pôr′əs, pōr′əs] adj. [ME < ML porosus < L porus, PORE2] full of pores, through which fluids, air, or light may pass porously adv. porousness n …   English World dictionary

  • porous — adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. possessing or full of pores b. containing vessels < hardwood is porous > 2. a. permeable to fluids b. permeable to outside influences 3. capable of being penetrated < porous national boundaries > • …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • porous — po|rous [ˈpo:rəs] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: poreux, from pore; PORE1] 1.) allowing liquid, air etc to pass slowly through many very small holes ▪ porous material 2.) easy to pass through or get into something ▪ the porous border… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • porous — po|rous [ pɔrəs ] adjective 1. ) a porous substance has a lot of very small holes in it so air and water can pass through it 2. ) not effective in preventing people from attacking or escaping: a porous border/defense …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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