Definition of porous
1a : possessing or full of poresb : containing vessels hardwood is porous
2a : permeable to fluidsb : permeable to outside influences
3 : capable of being penetrated porous national boundaries
Examples of porous in a Sentence
The country has a porous border.
a cleaner that should not be used on porous surfaces
Recent Examples of porous from the Web
Identify your wood The more porous the wood, the tougher your job will be.
Libya is also appealing for help to secure its porous southern border, which is some 4,000 kilometers (2,500) miles long.
Osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become brittle, porous and prone to breaks, affects millions of Americans each year.
Britain’s departure will be a considerable blow, but the union has other problems, including an aggressive Russia, a migrant crisis, porous borders and, importantly, an ambivalent if not hostile President Trump.
Pakistan shares a porous border with Iran, and the two sides agreed to boost security last month after gunmen killed 10 Iranian border guards. _
The defense was especially porous in the interior for the first two quarters (remember, the Warriors missed 15 shots within two feet of the rim), but when the buzzer sounded the Cavs were only down eight.
When that mango began to rot through its porous wax shell, it was peeled and boiled in an enormous pot of water—each factory worker was permitted a teaspoon of the precious fruit’s sacred broth.
Egypt has a long, porous border with Libya, which officials say is a route for smuggling in arms and fighters.
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First Known Use of porous
POROUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of porous for English Language Learners
: having small holes that allow air or liquid to pass through
: easy to pass or get through
POROUS Defined for Kids
Definition of porous for Students
1 : full of small holes porous wood
2 : capable of absorbing liquids porous paper
Medical Definition of porous
1: possessing or full of pores porous bones
2: permeable to fluids
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