porous Definition

  • 1having many small holes that allow water or air to pass through slowly
  • 2not retentive or secure

Using porous: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "porous" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The sponge is very porous and absorbs a lot of water.

  • Example

    The soil in this area is too porous to support crops.

  • Example

    The walls of the old house were so porous that the wind whistled through them.

porous Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for porous

Phrases with porous

  • a type of rock that has many small holes or spaces, such as sandstone or limestone


    Water can easily pass through porous rock formations.

  • porous borders

    borders that are not well-secured and allow people or goods to pass through easily


    The country's porous borders have led to an increase in illegal immigration.

  • a weak or ineffective defense that allows opponents to score easily


    The team's porous defense was responsible for their loss.

Origins of porous

from Latin 'porus', meaning 'passage'


Summary: porous in Brief

The term 'porous' [ˈpɔːrəs] describes something that has many small holes or spaces, allowing water or air to pass through slowly. It can refer to materials like sponges or rocks, as well as abstract concepts like borders or defenses. Synonyms include 'permeable' and 'penetrable,' while antonyms include 'impermeable' and 'nonporous.'