per·​me·​abil·​i·​ty | \ ˌpər-mē-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce permeability (audio) \

Definition of permeability

1 : the quality or state of being permeable
2 : the property of a magnetizable substance that determines the degree in which it modifies the magnetic flux in the region occupied by it in a magnetic field

Examples of permeability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On land, most of America’s crude is produced from shale reservoirs, which trap the oil in rocks with low permeability. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "The World Is Still Producing More Oil Than It Needs. Why?," 1 May 2020 Consisting of members from the EAA, SAWS and other agencies, the team developed a GIS (geographic information system) model to rank properties based on factors such permeability, biology, size and adjacency to open space. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Troubled Waters," 27 Feb. 2020 In Notley’s hands, the free-roving speech of poets like O’Hara became a new way of exploring the permeability of identity on the page. David Wallace, The New Yorker, "Alice Notley and the Art of Not Giving a Damn," 1 Apr. 2020 This same change in permeability could also lead to the escape of radon which forms by radioactive decay of elements in certain minerals. Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt, Scientific American, "Can We Predict Earthquakes At All?," 15 Jan. 2020 The border between their time and ours has a gusty permeability. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Dear Oscars, I Love You. But We Need to Talk.," 13 Jan. 2020 Fashion goes on in an environment that is hyper-aware of the permeability of borders and the interconnectedness of us all. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "At the Paris shows, disparate points of view beautifully coexist.," 29 Feb. 2020 This increased permeability, which can be brought on by anything from genetics to poor diet to stress, has been shown to play a role in gastrointestinal issues, including celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Bone broth: a miraculous health tonic, or just a crock of soup?," 6 Feb. 2020 But the pleasure of these rooms is their permeability to the forest, which at night comes alive with grunting frogs, chirping insects, and the occasional bellow of a howler monkey. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Francis Ford Coppola's Cassa Zenda: First In," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of permeability

1759, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2020

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“Permeability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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per·​me·​abil·​i·​ty | \ ˌpər-mē-ə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce permeability (audio) \
plural permeabilities

Medical Definition of permeability

: the quality or state of being permeable

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