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POROUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does porous mean? 

POROUS (adjective)
  The adjective POROUS has 3 senses:

1. able to absorb fluids
2. full of pores or vessels or holes
3. allowing passage in and out

  Familiarity information: POROUS used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


POROUS (adjective)


Sense 1porous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Able to absorb fluids

Context examples:

the partly porous walls of our digestive system / compacting the soil to make it less porous

Similar:

permeable (allowing fluids or gases to pass or diffuse through)


Sense 2porous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Full of pores or vessels or holes

Synonyms:

poriferous; porous

Similar:

porose (forming a continuous series of pores)

Antonym:

nonporous (not porous; especially not having vessels that appear as pores)


Sense 3porous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Allowing passage in and out

Synonyms:

holey; porous

Context example:

our unfenced and largely unpoliced border inevitably has been very porous

Similar:

leaky (permitting the unwanted passage of fluids or gases)


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