- full of pores.
- permeable by water, air, etc.
Origin of porous
Synonyms for porous
Examples from the Web for porously
Contemporary Examples of porously
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
Word Origin 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.
- Full of or having pores.
- Admitting the passage of gas or liquid through pores.
- Having many pores or other small spaces that can hold a gas or liquid or allow it to pass through.