What does porous mean?

Definitions for porousˈpɔr əs, ˈpoʊr-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word porous.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. porous(adj)

    able to absorb fluids

    "the partly porous walls of our digestive system"; "compacting the soil to make it less porous"

  2. porous, poriferous(adj)

    full of pores or vessels or holes

  3. holey, porous(adj)

    allowing passage in and out

    "our unfenced and largely unpoliced border inevitably has been very porous"


  1. porous(Adjective)

    Full of tiny pores that allow fluids or gasses to pass through.

  2. porous(Adjective)

    (Of legislation) full of loopholes

  3. porous(Adjective)

    With many gaps.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Porous(noun)

    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

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. poreux. See Pore, n.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of porous in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of porous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Fiona Arrigo:

    Women are so porous.

  2. Rick Francona:

    And that border is very, very porous.

  3. Murthy Gudipati:

    Deep fried ice cream is really the perfect analogy, because the interior of the comets should still be very cold and contain the more porous, amorphous ice.

  4. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    Turkey must do more to control its often-porous border, saudi Arabia and the Gulf states joined the air campaign in the early days, but have since been pre-occupied by the conflict in Yemen.

  5. Carlos Soto:

    I'm very worried about Venezuela because there's no sanitary conditions and that means they could have the fungus and not even know it, and with such a porous border, illegal commerce and migration, it could be dangerous.

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