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the partly porous walls of our digestive system
  allowing passage through a barrier — in various senses such as:
  • of a membrane, asphalt or other material:  full of tiny holes so as to permit penetration by a fluid or gas
  • of a border or other barrier to people:  permitting illegal crossing
  • of a law or other rules:  full of loopholes
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  • the partly porous walls of our digestive system
  • compacting the soil to make it less porous
  • our unfenced and largely unpoliced borders have proven porous
  • It’s against the rules, but the regulations are porous.

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  • "They flyin’ off somewhere, messin’ around, then comin’ back and tell people they have done been to the moon," explained Big C. "Gang, as your teacher, as the person responsible for stuffing knowledge into your porous little brains, I am ordering you to believe that those men are going to the moon."
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Without my questioning, she added that her husband, Sol—her late husband—had lucked into a fantastic bargain in the form of several hundred gallons of Navy surplus paint, used for that—"you know"—and halted, finger quizzically laid aside her porous spatulate nose.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Charlie barks, scanning porous memory banks.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • When it came to containing gossip, no walls in the world were as porous as those surrounding Vatican City.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Blinking through the rain, he fingered the dog tags, then scrambled backward wildly into a porous wall of stringy vines that hung from a massive banyan tree.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • The captain nodded, and the chaplain gazed at his porous gray pallor of fatigue and malnutrition with a mixture of pity and esteem.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • But the frame was the original porous stone used to build the manor.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • But the border was porous-always had been-and Laila knew that thousands of Afghans were still crossing into Pakistan either with bribes or by proving humanitari an grounds-and there were always smugglers who could be hired.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • In her hands, she cupped a water lily and a chunk of porous red rock that Eragon did not recognize.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He could feel the shock wave of the bullets as they sailed beneath him and pulverized the porous travertine behind.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I stood stiffly beside him, uncomfortably conscious of the four pairs of eyes on me, though I kept my own on the dark hot spring rushing by underneath the porous floor.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • It was a huge book on porous mimeographed paper-four hundred pages long with no drawings or photographs, only diagrams and formulas-between brick-red cardboard covers.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • The skin-contact layer’s porous.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • I feel I even walk like that: crouched over, my spine constricting to a question mark, my bones leached of calcium and porous as limestone.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • To lap better, all porous holes.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • His nose was as porous and dark as volcanic rock.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • But the heart and meaning of the structure was a room in its cellar, deep under the ground; the room had been incompetently lined with the porous sheets of soundproofing material; the sheets had begun to crack and the naked rock of a cave showed through.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Our bones are made porous.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • They smelled warm and porous when Francie pressed her cheek against them.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Any porous surface.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Carl fingered the blue-green leaves, porous like blotting-paper and shaped like birch leaves, hung on waxen red stems.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • The man entered, or rather, glided into, an open glade, at a considerable distance, masked by large trees, but with which Boulatruelle was perfectly familiar, on account of having noticed, near a large pile of porous stones, an ailing chestnut-tree bandaged with a sheet of zinc nailed directly upon the bark.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The entire island seemed porous with hydrium.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • His father peeled him away gradually, like a porous plaster.
    O. Henry  --  The Ransom of Red Chief
  • And in this porous dryness, a pair of whity eyes fearing the worst, and a punch-formed nose.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • There was no trail at all, and we picked our way between and over the rumpled slabs of porous black rock.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • …showed them how this liquor was drawn off from the test-tubes; how it was let out drop by drop onto the specially warmed slides of the microscopes; how the eggs which it contained were inspected for abnormalities, counted and transferred to a porous receptacle; how (and he now took them to watch the operation) this receptacle was immersed in a warm bouillon containing free-swimming spermatozoa–at a minimum concentration of one hundred thousand per cubic centimetre, he insisted; and…
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • He moved to the end of the veranda to refill the heavy, porous clay water-jug from the filter.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • She felt weak, porous.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Their bones are extremely light and porous, filled with tiny air pockets.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • The lobby, with its thick pillars of porous Caen stone, its pointed vaulting, and a brown glazed-tile floor like well-baked bread-crust, is a combination of cathedral-crypt and rathskellar.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Southward through Eden went a river large, Nor changed his course, but through the shaggy hill Passed underneath ingulfed; for God had thrown That mountain as his garden-mould high raised Upon the rapid current, which, through veins Of porous earth with kindly thirst up-drawn, Rose a fresh fountain, and with many a rill Watered the garden; thence united fell Down the steep glade, and met the nether flood, Which from his darksome passage now appears, And now, divided into four main…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • For once the plastic was removed, the shell of the bomb itself would adhere to any surface by an instant steel-like adhesive activated by air, and with the explosion a chemical shot out in all directions, prolonging the flames, embedding itself into all porous surfaces, seeping and burning.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Her arms are heavy, sodden as porous wood after a storm.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • The scattering drops fell on the porous brick, which hissed with dryness.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • ~~~SECTION BREAK~~~ XI DECEMBER sunlight, porous and cloudy, molten on upper window panes.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Steep, sharp crags of porous volcanic rock jutted up into the side of the hills from the pounding surf below.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • His skin was as porous as an orange rind and the elements had darkened it to resemble a fine old piece of furniture.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • The soil was sandy and porous, and she understood why the rain and water from the few springs disappeared so quickly.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • To whom shall I give all that now flows through me, from my warm, my porous body? I will gather my flowers and present them—Oh!
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Our Horvath benefactors who find our systems as porous as you do and are listening to this conversation on my cell phone are our friends!
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • He believed, at thirteen, that the border between himself and the world was thin and porous enough to allow him to affect the course of events.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Figuratively I could snapshot what I mean by some image; I am a porous vessel afloat on sensation; a sensitive plate exposed to invisible rays; and so on.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • He meant, perhaps, that the androgynous mind is resonant and porous; that it transmits emotion without impediment; that it is naturally creative, incandescent and undivided.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • I mean its extreme porousness, considered independently by the worm-eaten condition which is a consequence of navigation in these seas, and apart from the rottenness attendant upon age.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  MS. Found in a Bottle
  • She knew that the walls of her own palace were as porous to Eugenides as the megaron of Sounis, and she didn’t think that if she let him go, she could catch him a second time.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
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