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Latin pervius.



pervious (comparative more pervious, superlative most pervious)

  1. Admitting passage; capable of being penetrated by another body or substance; permeable.
    a pervious soil
    • 1715, [Alexander] Pope, The Temple of Fame: A Vision, London: [] Bernard Lintott [], →OCLC, page 37:
      Not leſs in Number vvere the ſpacious Doors, / Than Leaves on Trees, or Sands upon the Shores; / VVhich ſtill unfolded ſtand, by Night, by Day, / Pervious to VVinds, and open ev'ry vvay.
  2. Accepting of new ideas.
  3. Capable of being penetrated, or seen through, by physical or mental vision.
    • 1660, Jeremy Taylor, The Worthy Communicant; or a Discourse of the Nature, Effects, and Blessings consequent to the worthy receiving of the Lords Supper:
      God, whose secrets are pervious to no eye.
  4. (obsolete) Capable of penetrating or pervading.
    • 1718, Mat[thew] Prior, “Solomon on the Vanity of the World. A Poem in Three Books.”, in Poems on Several Occasions, London: [] Jacob Tonson [], and John Barber [], →OCLC, (please specify the page):
      What is this little , agile , pervious fire [] ?
  5. (zoology) open; perforate, as applied to the nostrils of birds



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