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  • The entire island seemed porous with hydrium.†   (source)
  • She felt weak, porous.†   (source)
  • But the frame was the original porous stone used to build the manor.†   (source)
  • And it also seems to me, although this is probably an idle fantasy, that the statue is growing more sharply etched, as if, instead of weathering itself into a porous mass, it is hardening on the hillside with each snowfall, perfecting itself.†   (source)
  • The skin-contact layer's porous.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • In her hands, she cupped a water lily and a chunk of porous red rock that Eragon did not recognize.†   (source)
  • The wind rose, and his skin became as porous as his suit.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • There was no trail at all, and we picked our way between and over the rumpled slabs of porous black rock.†   (source)
  • Our bones are made porous.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The captain nodded, and the chaplain gazed at his porous gray pallor of fatigue and malnutrition with a mixture of pity and esteem.†   (source)
  • Steep, sharp crags of porous volcanic rock jutted up into the side of the hills from the pounding surf below.†   (source)
  • His nose was as porous and dark as volcanic rock.†   (source)
  • Their bones are extremely light and porous, filled with tiny air pockets.†   (source)
  • Any porous surface.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Her arms are heavy, sodden as porous wood after a storm.†   (source)
  • 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!†   (source)
  • Her skin was dry and porous.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • His skin was as porous as an orange rind and the elements had darkened it to resemble a fine old piece of furniture.†   (source)
  • "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."†   (source)
  • The scattering drops fell on the porous brick, which hissed with dryness.†   (source)
  • Everything in the pleeblands seemed so boundless, so porous, so penetrable, so wide-open.†   (source)
  • I take Abuela's hands in one of mine, feel the age in her stiffened fingers, the porous joints.†   (source)
  • He could feel the shock wave of the bullets as they sailed beneath him and pulverized the porous travertine behind.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • He imagined it now—sealed off in strata of porous rock by the leathery half-plant, half-animal little makers—and the thin rupture that was pouring a cool stream of clearest, pure, liquid, soothing water into ....A pre-spice mass!†   (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)
  • He'd had a stringy ponytail stuck to the back of his balding head, and a faux-leather jacket; he'd worn a gold stud in his bumpy, porous old nose, and had pushed self-reliance and individualism and risk-taking in a hopeless tone, as if even he no longer believed in them.†   (source)
  • Acid rain is taking its toll of them: their once-keen eyes are blurred now, softened and porous, as if they have cataracts.†   (source)
  • As facts grew into evidence, a creature emerged to explain these leathery scraps — a sandswimmer that blocked off water into fertile pockets within the porous lower strata below the 280° (absolute) line.†   (source)
  • Outside the window it was grey, a uniform spiritless grey, the sky as well as the porous, aging snow.†   (source)
  • My feet were swollen, as if I'd been walking long distances over hard ground; my head felt porous and damp.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The other photos were similar, porous openings blooming in white, like a landscape of complex craters transmitted from the moon.†   (source)
  • Most of Saladin's operatives had infiltrated the country from abroad through the porous American visa and immigration system.†   (source)
  • Afterward, they crossed the porous border on foot, accompanied by four men, and slipped into another vehicle in the Syrian town of A'zaz.†   (source)
  • Gustavo, The baby is porous.†   (source)
  • They smelled warm and porous when Francie pressed her cheek against them.†   (source)
  • ~~~SECTION BREAK~~~ XI DECEMBER sunlight, porous and cloudy, molten on upper window panes.†   (source)
  • To whom shall I give all that now flows through me, from my warm, my porous body?†   (source)
  • And in this porous dryness, a pair of whity eyes fearing the worst, and a punch-formed nose.†   (source)
  • ...how the eggs which it contained were inspected for abnormalities, counted and transferred to a porous receptacle;†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The breeze stirs; the curtain quivers; I see behind the leaves the grave, yet eternally joyous buildings, which seem porous, not gravid; light, though set so immemorially on the ancient turf.†   (source)
  • The surface of the snowpack began to thaw, turn porous and slushy.†   (source)
  • His father peeled him away gradually, like a porous plaster.†   (source)
  • He moved to the end of the veranda to refill the heavy, porous clay water-jug from the filter.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Carl fingered the blue-green leaves, porous like blotting-paper and shaped like birch leaves, hung on waxen red stems.†   (source)
  • The soil was sandy and porous, and she understood why the rain and water from the few springs disappeared so quickly.†   (source)
  • They had first taken a street that was faced by an irregular pattern of buildings and ran along the railroad tracks, following the valley's axis, but then turned left and crossed the narrow tracks and a brook; and they were now trotting up a gently rising road in the direction of wooded slopes and a low, outcropping meadow where an elongated building stood, its facade turned to the southwest, topped by a copper cupola, and arrayed with so many balconies that, from a distance as the first lights of evening were being lit, it looked as pockmarked and porous as a sponge.†   (source)
  • It was now unbelievably warm, the heat was turned off, people left balcony doors open at night and it would still be fifty-seven degrees in their rooms the next morning; the snow was melting fast—turned ice-gray, became porous and honeycombed; great drifts of it sagged now, seemed to creep back into the earth.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Iceland, which is entirely devoid of alluvial soil, is wholly composed of volcanic tufa, that is to say, an agglomeration of porous rocks and stones.†   (source)
  • The lake had lost the beauty of a field of ice, but still a dark and gloomy covering concealed its waters, for the absence of currents left them yet hidden under a porous crust, which, saturated with the fluid, barely retained enough strength to preserve the continuity of its parts.†   (source)
  • Instead of the ancient stone, instead of the antique architecture, haughty and royal even in the sewer, with pavement and string courses of granite and mortar costing eight hundred livres the fathom, he would have felt under his hand contemporary cheapness, economical expedients, porous stone filled with mortar on a concrete foundation, which costs two hundred francs the metre, and the bourgeoise masonry known as a petits materiaux—small stuff; but of all this he knew nothing.†   (source)
  • The lava, which was porous in many places, had formed a surface covered with small rounded blisters; crystals of opaque quartz, set with limpid tears of glass, and hanging like clustered chandeliers from the vaulted roof, seemed as it were to kindle and form a sudden illumination as we passed on our way.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • To lap better, all porous holes.†   (source)
  • 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 streams,
    Runs diverse, wandering many a famous realm
    And country, whereof here needs n†   (source)
  • God saw,
    Surveying his great work, that it was good:
    For of celestial bodies first the sun
    A mighty sphere he framed, unlightsome first,
    Though of ethereal mould: then formed the moon
    Globose, and every magnitude of stars,
    And sowed with stars the Heaven, thick as a field:
    Of light by far the greater part he took,
    Transplanted from her cloudy shrine, and placed
    In the sun's orb, made porous to receive
    And drink the liquid light; firm to retain
    Her gathered beams, great palace now of light.†   (source)
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