- full of pores.
- permeable by water, air, etc.
Origin of porous
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It would serve us all well to know how porously open we all are to models of behavior far beyond the color line.Michelle vs. the All-American Jackass
March 25, 2009
- 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
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Word Origin and History for porously
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.
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- 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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