per·​vi·​ous | \ ˈpər-vē-əs How to pronounce pervious (audio) \

Definition of pervious

1 : accessible pervious to reason
2 : permeable pervious soil

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Other Words from pervious

perviousness noun

Examples of pervious in a Sentence

the new road has a pervious surface that will cut down on the amount of water that collects on it during heavy rains

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The team designed their fly ash cement to be pervious, meaning water can pour through it. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Make Concrete With Trash Instead of Cement," 12 July 2018 Will the development team consider ways to mitigate the storm water runoffs by using innovative landscape elements and green infrastructure and low impact design strategies such (as) bioretention areas, filtration strips and pervious pavement? Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Ilitches can maximize parking money thanks to favorable city ruling on LCA lot designs," 6 Mar. 2018 Later that year, the city also received a separate $108,000 Green Infrastructure Grant to redo the corner parking lot at Larchmere and Kendall with pervious pavement. Thomas Jewell,, "Lane closures, parking around Larchmere sewer project to reopen," 29 Jan. 2018 Charbonnet struggled to describe pervious pavement, an increasingly common stormwater reduction tool that has been slow to catch on in New Orleans. Tristan Baurick,, "Charbonnet says she'd sue oil firms over coastal damage, Cantrell says option 'on the table'," 26 Oct. 2017 These have led to houses in flood plains, and pavement replacing wetlands and pervious soils. Fortune, "We Need to Be Better Prepared for the Next Irma," 11 Sep. 2017 Anyone suggesting that more wetlands or more pervious surfaces would have done anything to mitigate what has just happened is lacking a proper sense of scale. Charles Marohn, National Review, "Piling on Houston," 5 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of pervious

circa 1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pervious

Latin pervius, from per- through + via way — more at per-, way

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