permeable

adjective
per·​me·​able | \ ˈpər-mē-ə-bəl How to pronounce permeable (audio) \

Definition of permeable

: capable of being permeated : penetrable especially : having pores or openings that permit liquids or gases to pass through a permeable membrane permeable limestone

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Examples of permeable in a Sentence

The cell has a permeable membrane. a permeable fabric that allows your body heat to escape will be much more comfortable in the summertime
Recent Examples on the Web The continent, Reinares says, lies closer to the jihadist bases and is more permeable, whether internally through the absence of border checks across 26 countries or through migrant routes used by tens of thousands of people each year. Barry Hatton, ajc, 10 Sep. 2021 The continent, Reinares says, lies closer to the jihadist bases and is more permeable, whether internally through the absence of border checks across 26 countries or through migrant routes used by tens of thousands of people each year. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2021 Americans love a rags-to-riches story, but class barriers are far less permeable in France, and the film depicts — and later punishes — Lucien for taking a shortcut to the top. Peter Debruge, Variety, 6 Sep. 2021 For example, frogs, with their permeable skin and limited abilities to detoxify, are bioindicators of environmental pollution. Susan D'agostino, Wired, 28 Aug. 2021 Letter writing and personal visits can be a powerful tool to make prison walls more permeable. Essence, 26 Aug. 2021 Before that, Santa Barbara proposed a semi-permeable groin at Goleta that the Commission denied. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Aug. 2021 Unlike depictions of the internet that emphasize its cerebral or abstract qualities, these works serve as reminders that the line between online and off is eminently permeable. Jess Bergman, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2021 Of $100 million pumped each year into infrastructure upgrades for the city's aging water and sewer systems, $10 million goes toward installing detention ponds, bioswales, rain gardens and permeable pavement. Corey Williams, Star Tribune, 10 July 2021

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First Known Use of permeable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Permeable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/permeable. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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permeable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of permeable

: allowing liquids or gases to pass through

permeable

adjective
per·​me·​able | \ ˈpər-mē-ə-bəl How to pronounce permeable (audio) \

Kids Definition of permeable

: having pores or openings that let liquids or gases pass through

permeable

adjective
per·​me·​able | \ ˈpər-mē-ə-bəl How to pronounce permeable (audio) \

Medical Definition of permeable

: capable of being permeated especially : having pores or openings that permit liquids or gases to pass through a permeable membrane

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