[pawr-uh s, pohr-]
- full of pores.
- permeable by water, air, etc.
Origin of porous
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2. penetrable, pervious, sievelike, riddled.
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Examples from the Web for nonporous
A porous separator allows more energy to be drawn from the battery than a nonporous one.
When a wooden case is used, jars made of rubber, or some other nonporous, acid-resisting material are necessary.
When the skin is ready to apply, coat this plaster cast with some nonporous modelling material.Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit
Albert B. Farnham
- not permeable to water, air, or other fluids
- permeable to water, air, or other fluids
- biology geology having pores; poriferous
- easy to cross or penetratethe porous border into Thailand; the most porous defence in the league
C14: from Medieval Latin porōsus, from Late Latin porus pore ²
Word Origin and History for nonporous
late 14c., "full of pores," from Old French poros (14c., Modern French poreux), from Medieval Latin porosus; or directly from Latin porus "an opening" (see pore (n.)). Figurative use from 1640s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Full of or having pores.
- Admitting the passage of gas or liquid through pores.
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- Having many pores or other small spaces that can hold a gas or liquid or allow it to pass through.
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