Origin of porous
Examples from the Web for porous
Our porous borders are seen as a midterm election play-to-the-base appeal instead of a problem to be solved.
The Brazilian defense, touted as impenetrable in pre-tournament hype, proved to be bedraggled, and porous.Brazil Slips Past Croatia, Thanks to Yuichi Nishimura|Tunku Varadarajan|June 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The world is porous and full of holes…so you just find the cracks,” Austin says slyly.A Most Illegal Adventure with New York City’s Wildest Underground Event Planners|Nina Strochlic|December 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Among the biggest problems is the porous border Afghanistan shares with Pakistan.David Sanger’s ‘Confront and Conceal’: 5 Revelations in Obama’s Wars|Matthew DeLuca|June 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Their house, which has never been painted, is sagging and rotted and porous.American Dreams: ‘Tobacco Road’ by Erskine Caldwell|Nathaniel Rich|April 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The surface is porous; the cells are distant and arranged irregularly, and seem as if composed of sand cemented with mud.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold
But meteor detectors are built to look for solid chunks of metal and rock—not thin, porous bits of cloth.Hanging by a Thread|Gordon Randall Garrett
Use a porous soil for Camellias, with considerable leaf-mold.The Practical Garden-Book|C. E. Hunn
It is finally baked, as has been said, to stop fermentation and preserve the porous character of the bread.The Library of Work and Play: Housekeeping|Elizabeth Hale Gilman
It may be deposited by electrolysis as in nickel plating, but the zinc coating is more apt to be porous.Creative Chemistry|Edwin E. Slosson
British Dictionary definitions for porous
Word Origin for porous
Word Origin and History for porous
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.