per·​vi·​ous ˈpər-vē-əs How to pronounce pervious (audio)
: accessible
pervious to reason
: permeable
pervious soil
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
Recent Examples on the Web The Mongolians made a pervious felt that shed rain well, and Caesar thought well enough of it to adopt it. IEEE Spectrum, 1 Mar. 2022 This Old House has a good overview of what is involved in converting a driveway to one surfaced with pervious pavers. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 7 July 2023 Heat also stresses old electrical systems — insulation breaks down; lubricants in relays dry out — and a not-insignificant amount of the subway’s electrical wiring dates to the 1920s and 1930s, some of it cloth-covered, inflammable, and pervious to water. Curbed, 28 July 2023 All the cities surveyed saw their vacancy rates increase for the period except for Siloam Springs, which saw its rate decrease from 5% for the pervious six month period. John Magsam, Arkansas Online, 13 Sep. 2023 Even this do-it-yourself site, though, warns that installing a pervious paver driveway is a job best left to pros. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 7 July 2023 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

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Word History


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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“Pervious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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