Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Full of or having pores.
  • adj. Admitting the passage of gas or liquid through pores or interstices.
  • adj. Easily crossed or penetrated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Full of tiny pores that allow fluids or gasses to pass through.
  • adj. full of loopholes
  • adj. With many gaps.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of pores; having interstices in the skin or in the substance of the body; having spiracles or passages for fluids; permeable by liquids

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having pores; porose; pervious by means of minute interstices.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. able to absorb fluids
  • adj. full of pores or vessels or holes
  • adj. allowing passage in and out

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French poreux, poros, from Medieval Latin porōsus, from Latin porus, passage; see pore2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Clearly, there was an interview published in the "New York Times" today with the new defense minister of the newly formed Afghanistan government, where he said that Osama bin Laden is definitely in Tora Bora and he went on to tell these reporters that not only can he find hiding places in this very complicated maze structure, but that if he felt too much pressure from the United States, it would make easy access to what they described as the porous border with Pakistan.

    CNN Transcript Dec 7, 2001

  • They find a nice comfy nesting place in porous materials like woods. anna Says:

    BAMBU Kids Line of Bamboo Utensils | Inhabitat

  • The walls between Blake's fiction and reality remain porous as characters

    Living Inside the Poem: MOOs and Blake's Milton

  • SpongeBob, as his song goes, "lives in a pineapple under the sea/absorbent and yellow and porous is he!"

    January 2005

  • SpongeBush lives in a bubble in D.C./absorbent and shallow and porous is he!

    January 2005

  • The technology is the advancement of the Quantum technology based on the magnetic quantum-optical phenomenon in porous silicon, says Atom Chip.

    World’s first solid state laptop?

  • Like the current Norton and Longman anthologies, the Broadview is "porous"--that is, multimedia.

    Anthologizing

  • Campbell points out that he's a fast healer, which was evident during his years with the Washington Redskins when he was playing behind what charitably can be described as a porous offensive line.

    Brett Favre gets an injection in his ailing left ankle

  • Mine have long been porous, which is a generous way of admitting that my lines between myself and others, in family and even more so at work, have been fuzzy.

    Wendy Strgar: The Importance of Boundaries

  • What also comes over was that that small British force that was so tragically targeted by the A-10s was at "their limit of exploitation…", meaning that it was at the very edge of the area allocated to it, on a battlefield that "could have been described as porous, or less contiguous, with numerous small groupings of enemy vehicles operating in a 'shoot and scoot' mode of operation."

    Archive 2007-03-01

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