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 between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Porous — Allgemeine Informationen Genre(s) Indiepop, Indierock Website http://www.porous.org …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • porous — index penetrable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • porous — late 14c., full of pores, from M.Fr. poreux (14c.), M.L. porosus, from L. porus opening (see PORE (Cf. pore) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • porous — [adj] having holes; absorbent absorptive, penetrable, permeable, pervious, spongelike, spongy; concept 606 Ant. impermeable …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • porous — adjective /ˈpɔːrəs/ a) Full of tiny pores that allow fluids or gasses to pass through. Sponges are porous so they can filter water while trapping food. b) (Of legislation): full of loopholes Concrete is porous, so water will slowly filter through …   Wiktionary

  • 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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