Hypertext Webster Gateway: "porous"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Porous \Por"ous\, a. [Cf. F. poreux. See {Pore}, n.]
Full of pores; having interstices in the skin or in the
substance of the body; having spiracles or passages for
fluids; permeable by liquids; as, a porous skin; porous wood.
``The veins of porous earth.'' --Milton.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: able to absorb fluids; "the partly porous walls of our
digestive system"; "compacting the soil to make it
less porous"
2: full of pores or vessels or holes [syn: {poriferous}] [ant:
3: allowing passage in and out; "our unfenced and largely
unpoliced border inevitably has been very porous" [syn: {holey}]

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