porous

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From Old French poros, from Latin porus (an opening).

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porous (comparative more porous, superlative most porous)

  1. Full of tiny pores that allow fluids or gasses to pass through.
    Sponges are porous so they can filter water while trapping food.
    Concrete is porous, so water will slowly filter through it.
  2. (Of legislation) full of loopholes
  3. (figuratively) With many gaps.
    • 2011 May 14, Peter Scrivener, “Sunderland 1 - 3 Wolverhampton”, BBC Sport:
      However, Wolves porous defence opened up again to gift Sunderland a foothold in the game - Sessegnon sweeping in a Zenden corner that was inexplicably allowed to bounce in the six-yard box.

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