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  • He was lonely still, but it was only a mist, a weather front that passed through him when he was alone, a feeling of having turned too permeable.†   (source)
  • Although he had told me in large (though generally impenetrable) detail about the technical nature of his research (enzymes, ion transference, permeable membranes, etc., also the fetus of that miserable rabbit), he had never divulged to me—nor had I out of reticence asked—anything concerning the ultimate justification for this complex and, beyond doubt, profoundly challenging biological enterprise.†   (source)
  • They had been stripped—before or afterwards—only of those things that the local people needed: sheets of tin, lengths of pipe, bathtubs and sinks and lavatory bowls (impermeable vessels, useful for soaking cassava in).†   (source)
  • A semi-permeable membrane works like a strainer. A strainer could be used to capture pasta and let water through. Different kinds of semi-permeable membranes can capture or permit pass-through of various substances at the molecular level.
  • They are using permeable materials for paving to achieve a stormwater management system close to natural conditions.
  • The geologist identified the rock as permeable by water.
  • Since everyone in this house was both perfect and impermeable, I could only assume that she'd bought most of these things with me in mind.†   (source)
  • The material of my own trousers and shirt was too porous, but Kate's pants were silky, just like the ship's impermeable gas cells.†   (source)
  • But it was hidden by a sheath as impermeable as Nicole's when they met and went together to a series of fittings.†   (source)
  • The substance of the wall seemed as permeable and yielding as light.†   (source)
  • We do not yet see that virtue is Height, and that a man or a company of men, plastic and permeable to principles, by the law of nature must overpower and ride all cities, nations, kings, rich men, poets, who are not.†   (source)
  • The relatively flat boundary where warmer surface water met colder depth water was a semipermeable barrier which tended to reflect sound waves.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "semi-" in semipermeable means half or partially. This is the same pattern you see in words like semicircle, semisweet, and semiautomatic.
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