adjective Etymology: Latin pervius, from per- through + via way — more at per-, way Date: circa 1614 1. accessible <
pervious to reason
2. permeable <
pervious soil
perviousness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Pervious — Per vi*ous, a. [L. pervis; per + via a way. See {Per }, and {Voyage}.] 1. Admitting passage; capable of being penetrated by another body or substance; permeable; as, a pervious soil. [1913 Webster] [Doors] . . . pervious to winds, and open every… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pervious — index amenable, disposable, open (persuasible), passable, penetrable, pliable, suasible Burton s Legal …   Law dictionary

  • pervious — 1610s, from L. pervius (see IMPERVIOUS (Cf. impervious)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pervious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ allowing water to pass through; permeable. ORIGIN Latin pervius having a passage through …   English terms dictionary

  • pervious — [pʉr′vē əs] adj. [L pervius < per, through + via, way: see VIA] 1. allowing passage through; that can be penetrated or permeated 2. having a mind open to influence, argument, or suggestion perviousness n …   English World dictionary

  • pervious — perviousness, n. /perr vee euhs/, adj. 1. admitting of passage or entrance; permeable: pervious soil. 2. open or accessible to reason, feeling, argument, etc. [1605 15; < L pervius passable, equiv. to per PER + vi(a) way, road + us adj. suffix;… …   Universalium

  • pervious — /ˈpɜviəs / (say perveeuhs) adjective 1. admitting of passage or entrance; permeable: pervious soil. 2. accessible to reason, feeling, etc. {Latin pervius} –perviousness, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • pervious — adj. [L. per, through; via, way] Perforate or open …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • pervious — adjective a) (of a rock type) allowing water to pass through via its joints. b) accepting of new ideas …   Wiktionary

  • pervious — SYN: permeable. [L. pervius, fr. per, through, + via, a way] * * * per·vi·ous (purґve əs) [L. pervius] permeable …   Medical dictionary

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