pervious

adjective

per·​vi·​ous ˈpər-vē-əs How to pronounce pervious (audio)
1
: accessible
pervious to reason
2
: permeable
pervious soil
perviousness noun

Example Sentences

the new road has a pervious surface that will cut down on the amount of water that collects on it during heavy rains
Recent Examples on the Web In July, Bloomberg News reported five chicken industry executives were acquitted in a federal court in Denver of fixing prices from 2012-2019 after two pervious mistrials. John Magsam, Arkansas Online, 26 Oct. 2022 The finale unites some of the plot themes, characters and situations from the five pervious plays, Zeitler said. Kathy Cichon, chicagotribune.com, 30 Nov. 2021 Some Phoenix parking lots, however, have been covered with pale, pervious pavement that has the texture of a Rice Krispies treat. Keridwen Cornelius, Scientific American, 13 Feb. 2019 China’s sponge city program aims to use pervious pavements, rain gardens, green roofs, urban wetlands, and other innovations to absorb water during storms. Seth Borenstein, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Aug. 2021 China’s sponge city program aims to use pervious pavements, rain gardens, green roofs, urban wetlands, and other innovations to absorb water during storms. Seth Borenstein, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Aug. 2021 This seems to contradict a pervious report from OPEC+ that Russia and the OPEC members agreed to maintain current production levels. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 China’s sponge city program aims to use pervious pavements, rain gardens, green roofs, urban wetlands, and other innovations to absorb water during storms. Seth Borenstein, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Aug. 2021 China’s sponge city program aims to use pervious pavements, rain gardens, green roofs, urban wetlands, and other innovations to absorb water during storms. Seth Borenstein, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pervious was circa 1631

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Cite this Entry

“Pervious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pervious. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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