non·​po·​rous | \ ˌnän-ˈpȯr-əs How to pronounce nonporous (audio) \

Definition of nonporous

: not porous nonporous surfaces nonporous rock nonporous wood

Examples of nonporous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All three materials are nonporous and can be thoroughly cleaned after each use. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Butt Plugs and How to Use Them for Anal Play," 15 Oct. 2019 Caesarstone Primordia 4043 looks like a hipper-than-thou concrete counter, but it’s made of nonporous quartz that seriously repels stains. The Editors And Kathryn O'shea-evans, House Beautiful, "50 Products That'll Dramatically Improve Your Life at Home," 14 Oct. 2019 Their bathtubs and wall surrounds are nonporous, easy to maintain and resistant to the wear-and-tear of everyday use. Stepfanie Romine,, "Remodel your bathroom — for less money, with less mess and in less time," 10 June 2019 Both have nonporous surfaces that are impervious to staining and easy to clean. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Your Quick and Dirty Guide to Tiling a Kitchen Backsplash," 26 Apr. 2019 Quartz composite Quartz composite sinks are made from 80 percent stone powder and 20 percent acrylic for an extremely durable, completely nonporous surface. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Sinks," 11 Feb. 2019 The hard, nonporous surface is good for grinding, won’t absorb or transfer odors, and is easy to clean. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How Herbs and Spices Can Make You Cook Like a Pro," 13 Nov. 2018 Go for hard, nonporous woods that won't draw moisture out of cheese. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "How to build the ultimate cheese board," 5 June 2018 Clean nonporous cooking and eating utensils, food equipment, food contact surfaces, and kitchen cleaning items with hot, sudsy water and rinse them in clear hot water. Diane Mason,, "Flood waters may contaminate foods," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of nonporous

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonporous.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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