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What does permeability mean?
Permeability is the quality or state of being permeable—able to be penetrated or passed through, especially by a liquid or gas.
Permeate can be used both in the context of the physical spread of something within a space and in more figurative ways. Water permeates the soil. Dye permeates fabric. An idea can permeate someone’s mind. In these cases, the fabric and the mind could be described as permeable.
Things that are permeable have different levels of permeability. For example, certain materials may easily absorb liquid, while others may only allow small amounts of liquid to permeate their surface.
The word permeability is used in several more specific ways in the context of ships, aircraft, electricity, and geology.
Example: This type of stone was chosen for its permeability—it absorbs water.
Where does permeability come from?
The first records of the word permeability come from around 1760. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb permeāre, meaning “to pass through.”
Things that permeate often pass through some barrier or threshold—physical or otherwise—and then spread out. For this to happen, such barriers, thresholds, and surfaces must have a level of permeability. In physical contexts, this often involves a porous membrane for liquids and gases to pass. Increasing the permeability of some outdoor surfaces can help water to be absorbed into the ground and reduce runoff.
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How is permeability used in real life?
Permeability is most often used in scientific and technical contexts.
— Jennifer Keesmaat (@jen_keesmaat) June 13, 2017
Map of the Principal Aquifers of the US. An aquifer is a geologic formation, a group of formations, or a part of a formation that contains sufficient saturated permeable material to yield significant quantities of water to wells and springs. Source: https://t.co/vafgbHr6ua pic.twitter.com/cRRPpfSNqy
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Is permeability used correctly in the following sentence?
The permeability of the liquid will help it to penetrate this material.
Example sentences from the Web for permeability
“From what we understand, [with NSAIDs] one of the side effects is that they can affect the permeability of the gut,” says Fasano.Research Shows Link Between NSAID Use and Gut Disease|Valerie Vande Panne|April 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The amount of fluid movement also is further determined by osmotic actions and by the permeability of the capillary wall.
Another possibility is that the act of fertilization increases the permeability of the egg.The Organism as a Whole|Jacques Loeb
The interior of the cheese is anaërobic, due to low permeability and high oxygen-absorbing quality.The Book of Cheese|Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
The permeability of cobalt, both annealed and unannealed, was always diminished at the low temperature.
They showed that the permeability of this sample of iron was considerably diminished at the lower temperature.